Wyoming: Washakie County

Washakie County (pop. 8,533), south of Big Horn County, was named for Chief Washakie of the Shoshone people.

The county is relatively flat, with an elevation around 4,000 feet. Irrigated farms raise sugar beets, beans, corn, and alfalfa.

The county seat is Worland (pop. 5,487). It was named for Charlie Worland, a homesteader who opened a small bar and general store for travelers in 1900.

Downtown Worland

East of Worland on U.S. Highway 16 is the town of Ten Sleep (pop. 260).

Just east of the town is Ten Sleep Canyon, leading into the Big Horn Mountains.

From 1968 to 1989, the Girl Scouts of America operated the 15,000-acre Girl Scout National Center West in the area of Ten Sleep Canyon. The Scouts closed and sold the camp because of the high maintenance costs.

Part of it is now owned by the Nature Conservancy.


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2 comments on “Wyoming: Washakie County

  1. Lois says:

    I know this country fairly well. I flew into Worland and stayed there for several days before backpacking into the Big Horn mountains for 10 days. I loved the whole area, including Ten Sleeps, which our Sierra Club leader and group passed through. I love the old photo of Big Horn Canyon. It’s gorgeous country and I’d like to go back there.

  2. Suzanne Von Osterheldt says:

    I grew up in Ten Sleep & go back every summer to visit my dearest friend (who is buried there), her mother, stepfather & my pseudo-memories that are somewhat left after the automobile accident that took her. I love TS but I can’t live there as an adult.

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