Places & Spaces Library


Parco/Sinclair, Wyoming “Panorama of the Parco fire department with firemen and fire trucks posed in front of the Parco Hotel” University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Frank J. Meyers papers, Accession Number 5195, Box 12B, Folder 134 Today, the Sinclair Oil Refinery juts from the landscape like a memento to Wyomings natural resource industry. Just north of Interstate 80, travelers…


Walcott, Wyoming Walcott Hotel, 1922 University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Lora Webb Nichols Papers, Accession Number 01005, Box 6, #4680 The Town of Walcott was not added to The Complete Official Road Guide to the Lincoln Highway until its 3rd edition in 1918. This may be due to the fact that the highway never directly passed through the town.…

Onward to Fort Steele

Last week’s stop on Greg’s Lincoln Highway Adventure was the Ames Monument. Last summer we celebrated the site becoming a National Historic Landmark, making it Wyoming’s twenty-sixth National Historic Landmark! This week we leave Albany county and head to Fort Steele

All Aboard for the Ames Monument

Who doesn’t love Buford, Wyoming? We hope a new owner comes in to keep Wyoming’s smallest “town” running, the town is important both historically and for drivers on I-80 who might need to stop for gas or due to the weather. This week’s stop is only a few miles from the small town of Buford- the Ames Monument!

Point of Rocks Stage Station

The Point of Rocks Stage Station, also known as Almond Station, was built in 1862 for Ben Holladay’s Overland Stage after Holladay moved his stage route from the popular Oregon Trail-South Pass route to the southern Overland Route. 

Ames Monument

The $64,000 monument project was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and was completed in 1882. It features two bas-relief sculptures of the Ames brothers, Oakes on the east side and Oliver on the west

Cheyenne Union Pacific Railroad Depot

In order to make the Cheyenne depot stand out, the Union Pacific turned to prominent architect Henry Van Brunt who was nationally-known for his institutional buildings designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style that was popular during the late 19th Century. 

Medicine Bow Depot

The depot in Medicine Bow stands out in the small town with its bright red roof. It speaks to a time early in the state’s history before the Lincoln Highway and the Interstate highway system when train travel was still the best way to get from destination to destination.

Ames Monument, Albany County

Most of us have at least heard of the Ames Monument. But how many of us have actually gone out to see it? AHW volunteer Katherine Kasckow tells the story of her first time visiting the pyramid on the plains. 

Cheyenne Airfield Fountain

The grand art deco fountain that rises in front of Cheyenne’s municipal airport honored early aviation history when it was built in the 1930s. Today, it not only continues to honor that early history, but also memorializes every year of aviation in Wyoming ever since it was built. The group Cheyenne Historic Preservation is actively working to restore the fountain to allow it to continue to embody the aviation spirit of Cheyenne for many more decades.