Our Whirlwind Tuesday

Originally I had planned on 3 days to visit Laramie, Scotts Bluff and Agate Fossil Beds. However, we had rain all day on Sunday. Then on Monday we had to take Kip to a vet to remove the staple stitches from his leg. So we ended up visiting Scotts Bluff and Agate on Tuesday (Fort Laramie was visited on Saturday). Finally I added Chimney Rock since it was only 40 minutes from Scotts Bluff. So here is how the day went. Continue reading “Our Whirlwind Tuesday”

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming

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Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was, in its day, the cross roads of America. For most of the 1800s it served the vast number of emigrants heading west as part of the great western migration. Four historic trails passed through it, the Oregon, California, Mormon, and the Pony Express. As the fort grew, it gained importance as the main military outpost in the Northern Plains, responsible for negotiating treaties with the Northern Plains Indians. It was also the communication and transportation hub for the northern Rocky Mountain region. Continue reading “Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming”

Guernsey, WY

Welcome to Guernsey State Park (GSP). GSP is both a reservoir and recreation area located outside the small town of Guernsey near the eastern Wyoming border. It began in 1927 as a reservoir when the Federal Bureau of Reclamation built a dam on the North Platte River to provide the area with hydroelectric power, flood protection and irrigation water to farms. Later, during the 1930s, the Bureau of Federal Reclamation, the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) would combine their knowledge and resources to develop the reservoir into a multi-use recreation area as well. A recreation area which we are now using as our jumping off point to state and national historical sites, landmarks and monuments. Continue reading “Guernsey, WY”