The Fascinating Chinese Joss House Museum in Evanston, Wyoming

    8/19/21 •

    During a 2-week vacation in Utah, we drove through Flaming Gorge in the northeastern corner of the state, then headed through southwestern Wyoming on our way back to Salt Lake City. That’s where we ran across the town of Evanston and its fascinating Chinese Joss House Museum. The charming town’s Historic Depot Square is home…

    Bar J Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show, Wyoming

    11/02/21 •

    Against a backdrop of the stunning Teton Mountains near Jackson, Wyoming, our family enjoyed a wonderful evening filled with great food and wholesome, top-notch entertainment at the Bar J Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show. The rib-stickin’ meal was first-rate. For $16 to $24, you get either barbecued beef, chicken, pork ribs or a big rib…

    National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Wyoming: Commemorating The Pioneers' Journey

    9/04/16 •

    While in Casper, Wyoming, I ran across the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, which commemorates the westward journey of the more than half a million pioneers that traveled the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. The galleries in this 25,000-square-foot center really impressed me. They use life-size dioramas, multimedia exhibits and hands-on activities to educate folks…

    Aladdin General Store, Wyoming: Serving A Population of 15

    5/04/22 •

    Anyone headed to Devils Tower in far northeastern Wyoming really should drop in at the Aladdin General Store in the hamlet of Aladdin (population 15). Built in 1896 as a commissary for coal mines of the era, it dates to 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This grocery, hardware store and…

    Hand-Dug Oil Well, Wyoming: Probably the Only One That Actually Produces Oil (1)

    9/16/20 •

    …of where U.S. Highways 16 and 85 meet in far eastern Wyoming. The oil well (5297 Hwy. 16) is 4 miles east of the intersection, and about 6 miles west of the South Dakota state line. Guided tours run between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily from June through August. To learn more, call 1-307-746-2042….

    House on the Rock Near Spring Green in Wisconsin: Perched on a 60-Foot High Sandstone Pinnacle

    8/23/18 •

    …low ceilings and curving passageways. A highlight is the 218-foot-long needle-nosed Infinity Room, suspended 156 feet above the Wyoming Valley. It contains 3,264 windows, so as you walk out to the tip, you can’t help but feel as though it might break off! Our jaws dropped as we entered the Heritage of the Sea Building,…