Places & Spaces Library

The Wandering Hermit

By Dan Brecht, Owner of the Wandering Hermit Wheatland was founded to serve the farms and ranches that sprung up in the Wheatland Flats after the Wyoming Development Company began its ambitious irrigation project. Gilchrist Avenue, the widest street in the new town, became the preferred location for new businesses springing up between the Colorado and Southern Railroad depot and…

The Durlacher

When driving down 2nd street of downtown Laramie, it’s hard not to notice a big iron storefront on one of the buildings that reads “Simon Durlacher.” The building on 203 S 2nd street has been around since 1872 when it was built by Simon Durlacher, making it one of the oldest buildings on the block.

Cowgirl Carnegies

It’s the first post for the Diversity Initiative’s Preservation Month, and what better to start the month than talk about Carnegie Libraries in Wyoming and the women’s clubs that helped make them possible. This profile is written by Andrea Graham, who leads our Cowboy Carnegie program which is a traveling exhibit that has gone to cities throughout Wyoming.

Union Tavern

Though there were shortages, booms, and busts in Hudson, Wyoming one building remained opened through everything, the Union Tavern. The bar was originally built in 1915, and still continues to stand within the small town of Hudson.

Charles F. Swayger Home

In 1905, Swayger built a home on six acres of land at the corner of Randall Avenue and Bent Street in Cheyenne. He built a Georgian Revival influenced house with many unique features of the era. At the time no other house looked like the Swayger home and it gained considerable recognition.

C&H Refinery

On the western edge of Lusk, in eastern Wyoming, sit two hulking cast-iron tanks.The tanks are the heart of C &H Refinery, the world’s smallest operating oil refinery.

Last Stop: Fort Bridger

There’s so much to see in Green River, if you decide to drive the Lincoln Highway make sure to check out the historic sites in the city of Green River. We are at the end of the highway and the end of the Greg’s journey, this week will be about Fort Bridger. But first we would like to thank Greg Rasanen for allowing us to share his journey across the Lincoln Highway and the history of all the historic places found along the I-80 corridor. If you want to check out Greg Rasanen’s Blog, click here. Also, if you have any stories of traveling through Wyoming and your experience at different historic places and spaces please feel free to reach out to us, we’re always looking for people’s experience. But back to the Lincoln Highway, last stop, Fort Bridger.  

Green River, Wyoming

We feel like we’re on the Overland Trail after reading last weeks post about the Points of Rock Stage Station. We’re coming down to our last to post by Greg Rasanen as he starts to near the end of the Wyoming portion of the Lincoln Highway. This week we stop in Greg’s hometown, Green River!

 

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!

Next Stop: Buford, Wyoming

We hope you enjoyed the beginning of Greg Rasanen’s adventure crossing the Wyoming Lincoln Highway, we sure did! We especially like the part about Frontier Days, it’s always a great event that brings communities and families from all over the country together. Our next stop on this journey is Buford, Wyoming, let’s find out what Greg has to say about this small “town.”

Sliver Star Camp

The Silver Star Camp located in Thayne, Wyoming was built in 1909 was built by the Ladies LDS Relief Society. In 2017, the DUP was awarded a Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant which matched them with Dubbe-Moulder to create a rehabilitation plan for the property.  

Old Johnson School

The Old Johnson school, which is currently being occupied by Destiny Church and Academy, was built on the South Side of Cheyenne in 1923. Following an unfortunate accident in 2016 which compromised a load bearing wall on the west side of the school, Destiny Church and Academy was awarded a Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant in 2016, which connected them to TDSi in Cheyenne. 

Slovenksi Dom

Rock Springs’ Slovenski Dom has served as the social and cultural heart of Rock Springs’ Slovenian community for over 100 years. This building is a great representation of the preservation of immigrant history within the state, and an important example of repurposing and using old buildings not leaving them dormant.

Corthell Dairy Barn

Located in West Laramie off of Highway 130 stands the 1910 wood frame Corthell Dairy Barn. Owner Candace Pisciotti was awarded a Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant in 2016 to assess the barn’s condition. She hopes to develop a plan to preserve the building for future use.