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Roadside Americana - Wyoming
May - June 2012
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Kemmerer, WY was pretty proud of the fact it was home to the first J.C.Penney store,
but really, the store wasn't much to brag about. Kemmerer,WY might be a small town,
but in addition to the JC Penney mother store, it's the Fossil Capital of the World.
Our "own" cafe in the middle of nowhere.
We did a double-take when we saw this
field moose. At least he didn't run.
Super-sized Ma & Pa by the roadside
in southwest Wyoming for no
apparent reason.
What's a jackalope?
The jackalope is a mythical animal (???) of
North American folklore. It is a fearsome critter
described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns  
and sometimes a pheasant's tail. The jackalope
has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely
tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature's
habits. For example, it is said to be a hybrid of
the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit".
Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless
approached. Legend also has it that female
jackalopes can be milked as they sleep belly up
and that the milk can be used for a variety of
medicinal purposes. It has also been said that
the jackalope can convincingly imitate any
sound, including the human voice. It uses this
ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using
phrases such as "There he goes! That way!"
During days of the Old West, when cowboys
gathered by the campfires singing at night,
jackalopes could often be heard mimicking their
voices. It is said that a jackalope may be caught
by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The
jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey and its
intoxication will make it easier to hunt. In some
parts of the United States it is said that
jackalope meat has a taste similar to lobster.
However, legend has it that they are dangerous
if approached. It has also been said that
jackalopes will only breed during electrical
storms including hail, explaining its rarity.
                                             from Wikipedia...must be true!
World's Largest Jackelope
Douglas, WY
Don't forget to check out:
National Parks & Monuments

American Odyssey...Part I
(Las Vegas to Denver)

American Odyssey...Part II
(Denver to Boston)

Birds of North America

Wildflowers of North America
Visit Wyoming's national parks and
monuments with us:

Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Fossil Butte National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument
Baby jackelope herd ... must have been
some electrical storm, eh?
Spotted Horse, Wyoming was on the
Gillette Wildlife Loop. With a population
of 2, their claim to fame is the "spotted
horse" which adorns the roadside.
The Aladdin General Store, built in
1896, was first a saloon and still
provides services and goods for the
local ranches, townsfolk (pop 15)
and passersby by on Rte 24.
From Wyoming, we headed to South
Dakota where there was so much to see,
we barely had a chance to catch our
breaths. Talk about off-the-beaten path, off
the wall kind of places. WOW!  Come on
along...you'll enjoy it.
A scrap metal cowboy sculpture
near the highway in Gillette, gives
you a feel for the real cowboy
nature of this small Wyoming city.
There's not much in Chugwater, WY, but
their roadside offer  had us off the
highway searching for our free taste.
Unfortunately, it was closed on the
Sunday we visited.
The Chugwater Soda Fountain was
closed, too and the tall grain elevator on
the siderail had seen better days.