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.
The county seat of Lincoln County is Kemmerer (pop. 2,656).
James Cash Penney (1875-1971) opened his first store in 1902 in Kemmerer. Penney’s stores were originally called Golden Rule Stores.
Penney’s house in Kemmerer is open for tours.
About 15 miles west of Kemmerer is Fossil Butte National Monument. The visitor center has a variety of fossils and fossil casts.
In the northwestern part of Lincoln County is the Star Valley, surrounded by mountains and forests.
The largest city in the valley is Afton (pop. 1,911), the hometown of Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner.
Downtown Afton has a 75-foot arch over U.S. Highway 89. The arch is made entirely of elk antlers.
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