Wyoming: Park County

Park County (pop. 28,205) is in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. It is one of three Park counties in the U.S.

Wyoming’s fourth-largest county in square miles

Park County was named for Yellowstone National Park; more than half of the park is in the county.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs is in the northern part of the county, near the Montana border.

Adjacent to Fort Yellowstone

The county seat of Park County is Cody (pop. 9,520), which was named for William “Buffalo Bill” Cody – one of the founders of the town. Cody is about 50 miles east of Yellowstone Park.

Born in 1846 in LeClaire, Iowa

Buffalo Bill’s boyhood home (moved from Iowa to Cody) is part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

It was moved in 1933.

Cody also has a dam named for Buffalo Bill (on the Shoshone River) and a prominent statue of Buffalo Bill.

Another statue in Cody recognizes the mountain man named John “Liver-Eating” Johnson.

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The artist Jackson Pollock was born in Cody in 1912.

A painting by “Jack the Dripper”

The town of Powell, about 25 miles northeast of Cody, is the home of the two-year Northwest College.

Founded in 1946

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Wyoming: Teton County

Teton County (pop. 21,294) is north of Sublette County. It was named for the Teton Range, which runs north-south through the western part of the county.

Grand Teton National Park

All of Grand Teton National Park and 40 percent of Yellowstone National Park are in Teton County.

Teton County is the wealthiest county in Wyoming in per-capita income and one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S.

Jackson Hole Airport is the busiest in the state.

The valley known as Jackson Hole has the Teton Range on the west and the Gros Ventre Range on the east, with the Snake River running through it from north to south.

River-rafting on the Snake

At the southern end of Jackson Hole is Jackson (pop. 9,577), the county seat.

Jackson has several ski resorts nearby, including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain.

The Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

George Washington Memorial Park in downtown Jackson is known for its elk antler arches.

Four of them

Just northeast of Jackson is the National Elk Refuge, which was created in 1912 to protect the largest elk herd in the country.

Winter home of about 7,500 elk

The part of Yellowstone National Park within Teton County includes Yellowstone Lake and Old Faithful Geyser.

Interior of Old Faithful Inn (1904)

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Wyoming: Sublette County

Sublette County (pop. 10,247) is northeast of Lincoln County. It was named for William L. Sublette, an early fur trader in Wyoming.

The Wind River Range has 19 of Wyoming’s 20 tallest peaks, and many of them are along the Continental Divide in the northeastern part of Sublette County.

Three national forests are in the county.

The Green River has its source in Sublette County; the river then flows south from the Wind River Range on its way to join the Colorado River in southeastern Utah.

The county seat of Sublette County is Pinedale (pop. 2,030), at an elevation of 7,182 feet.

Pinedale and the Wind River Range

Pinedale is the home of the Museum of the Mountain Man. From 1825 to 1840, trappers and traders had an annual spring rendezvous in the area.

The Log Cabin Motel in Pinedale dates from 1929.

On the National Register of Historic Places

The Church of St. Hubert the Hunter (Episcopal) was built in the community of Bondurant (pop. now 93) in 1940 with the $1,400 proceeds from the sale of a donated diamond.

Built of logs

Big Piney (pop. 552, elev. 6,824) is one of several towns claiming to be the “Ice Box of the Nation.” (International Falls, Minnesota, is another.)

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Wyoming: Lincoln County

Lincoln County (pop. 18,106) is one of 23 Lincoln counties in the U.S. Not only is it adjacent to Idaho – it is shaped like Idaho.

It also borders Utah.

The county seat of Lincoln County is Kemmerer (pop. 2,656).

Lincoln County Courthouse (1925)

James Cash Penney (1875-1971) opened his first store in 1902 in Kemmerer. Penney’s stores were originally called Golden Rule Stores.

The “Mother Store” in Kemmerer is still in business.

Penney’s house in Kemmerer is open for tours.

A National Historic Landmark

About 15 miles west of Kemmerer is Fossil Butte National Monument. The visitor center has a variety of fossils and fossil casts.

Established in 1972

In the northwestern part of Lincoln County is the Star Valley, surrounded by mountains and forests.

It runs north-south, adjacent to the Idaho border.

The largest city in the valley is Afton (pop. 1,911), the hometown of Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner.

Greco-Roman gold medalist in 2000

Downtown Afton has a 75-foot arch over U.S. Highway 89. The arch is made entirely of elk antlers.

The largest of its kind

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Wyoming: Uinta County

Uinta County (pop. 21,118), in the state’s southwestern corner, is Wyoming’s second-smallest county in square miles.

The county is named for the Uinta Mountains, which are visible across the Utah state line to the south.

The highest east-west range in the 48 contiguous states

The county seat is Evanston (pop. 12,359). Its population grew from about 6,000 in 1980, thanks to the oil and natural gas in the region.

Old Post Office (1905)

Evanston has the oldest courthouse in the state. It was built in 1873-74 and expanded in 1910.

Uinta County Courthouse

The Union Pacific roundhouse (1912-13) and other historic structures are still standing in the Union Pacific Railroad Complex in Evanston.

Evanston was founded along the first transcontinental railroad.

The Wyoming State Hospital (formerly the Wyoming State Insane Asylum) is in Evanston.

The historic buildings date from the early 20th century.

Bear River State Park is just east of Evanston. The 491-mile Bear River is the largest river that flows into the Great Salt Lake.

The longest U.S river that does not reach an ocean

Farther east on Interstate 80 is Fort Bridger State Historic Site. It was a 19th-century fur trading post, supply point for wagon trains, and military post.

Established by mountain man Jim Bridger

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