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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