Compass American Guides: Wyoming: 5th Edition

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The guide that has it all–spectacular photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps to help you make the most of your trip. Written by a longtime Wyoming resident, Compass American Guides Wyoming provides in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America’s most spectacular destinations! Follow your Compass to “get” there.

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Overview

Fodor’s. For Choice Travel Experiences.

The guide that has it all–spectacular photography, evocative prose, insider tips, and detailed color maps to help you make the most of your trip. Written by a longtime Wyoming resident, Compass American Guides Wyoming provides in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of one of America’s most spectacular destinations! Follow your Compass to “get” there.

•Extensive coverage of Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks

•The skinny on rodeos and Wild West characters, famous authors and artists

•Spectacular images by one of Wyoming’s premier photographers

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What the critics say about Compass American Guides:
“Lushly illustrated and intelligently written.” —National Geographic Traveler

“The most literate and elegant series of guides ever written about North America.” —Jan Morris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400007370
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Compass American Guides Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 686,980
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Wyoming overview ............ 8
Wyoming Map ............ 12—13

Introduction ............ 15
The Land and the Seasons ............ 16
The People ............ 18
Wyoming History: Boom and Bust ............ 18
The Myth Creators ............ 25
Wyoming Writers ............ 31
Wyoming Artists ............ 34
Other Wyoming Arts ............ 35
Spaces ............ 36

Southeast: Old Wyoming & Stagecoach Corridor ............ 40
Area Overview ............ 40
Cheyenne ............ 41
Cheyenne map ............ 43
West to Laramie ............ 51
Cheyenne Food & Lodging ............ 52
Southeast Wyoming map ............ 54
Laramie ............ 57
Laramie map ............ 57
Circle Tour: The Snowies, Saratoga, Medicine Bow ............ 64
East Central: The Stagecoach Corridor ............ 71
Toward Goshen Hole ............ 72
The Grattan Massacre ............ 73
Fort Laramie ............ 76
Oregon Trail Monuments ............ 80

Northeast Corner: Black Hills & Thunder Basin ............ 82
Area Overview ............ 82
Hartville and Northward ............ 83
Spanish Diggings ............ 83
Lusk ............ 84
Newcastle: 86
Black Hills History ............ 90
Northeast Wyoming map ............ 91
Sundance ............ 92
Devils Tower ............ 94
Black Hills Exit ............ 98
Thunder Basin Overview ............ 99
Gillette ............ 100
Routes Through the Plains ............ 104
Thunder Basin National Grassland ............ 104
Douglas ............ 106
Glenrock ............ 107
The Oil Road to Casper ............ 108

North-Central: Plains & Bighorn Basin ............ 110
Area Overview ............ 110
History of the North Platte Area ............ 111
North-Central Wyoming map ............ 112
Casper ............ 113
Central Plains ............ 115
Independence Rock ............ 118
Devil’s Gate ............ 120
Beyond Muddy Gap ............ 122
Wind River Basin ............ 123
Casper to Shoshoni via Route 20/26 ............ 124
Bighorn Basin Overview ............ 124
Wind River Canyon ............ 128
Thermopolis ............ 128
Thermopolis to Worland ............ 131
Meeteetse Detour ............ 132
Greybull Area ............ 134
The Medicine Wheel ............ 135
Bighorn Basin Rangeland History ............ 136
Medicine Lodge State Park ............ 138
Ten Sleep ............ 141
The Big Horn Mountains ............ 142

Powder River Basin ............ 144
Area Overview ............ 144
Mythic History of the Powder River ............ 145
Historic Wyoming map ............ 147
Outlaws ............ 157
Town of Buffalo ............ 166
Johnson County Circle Tour ............ 168
North of Buffalo ............ 172
Sheridan ............ 175
Over the Big Horns Towards Cody ............ 179

Northwest Corner: Absarokas & Yellowstone ............ 182
Area Overview ............ 182
The Absarokas ............ 183
Northwest Wyoming map ............ 183
Cody ............ 185
Food & Lodging in Cody ............ 188
Cody Area Guest Ranches ............ 190
The Road to Yellowstone ............ 195
Welcome to Yellowstone ............ 196
Yellowstone History ............ 197
Yellowstone National Park map ............ 199
The East Entrance ............ 200
Yellowstone Lake to Tower Junction ............ 202
Tower Junction to Mammoth ............ 206
Mammoth to Norris ............ 209
Norris to Old Faithful ............ 211
Old Faithful to West Thumb ............ 215
West Thumb to Jackson Hole ............ 216
Yellowstone Wildlife ............ 217

Jackson Hole & Grand Teton National Park ............ 222
Area Overview ............ 222
Grand Teton NP & Jackson Hole map ............ 223
History ............ 224
Along Jackson Lake ............ 230
The Lakes at the Foot of the Tetons ............ 231
Moose ............ 235
Back Road from Moose to Teton Village ............ 238
Teton Pass ............ 239
Jackson ............ 244
Food & Lodging in Jackson and Teton Village ............ 247
Jackson to Moose ............ 249
Dude & Guest Ranches ............ 251
Moose to the East Gate ............ 254
Postscript ............ 256

West-Central: Wind River & Star Valley Loop ............ 258
Area Overview ............ 258
Togwotee Pass to Dubois ............ 259
West-Central Wyoming map ............ 259
Guest Ranches, Food & Lodging in Dubois ............ 261
Wind River Reservation: Historical Overview ............ 262
Lander ............ 265
St. Stephen’s ............ 267
Ethete to Fort Washakie ............ 269
Lander to South Pass ............ 271
South Pass ............ 274
Entering Trapper Land ............ 277
Wind River Vista ............ 278
Green River Rendezvous ............ 278
Pinedale ............ 281
Wind River Excursions ............ 283
Pinedale to Jackson Hole ............ 286
Star Valley Overview ............ 287
Alpine Junction to Star Valley ............ 289
Afton ............ 290
The Periodic Spring ............ 291
Greys River Road Detour ............ 294

Southern Wyoming: Fossil Country, Great Basin, & Copper Country ............ 296
Area Overview ............ 296
South from Star Valley ............ 297
Fossil Butte ............ 297
Kemmerer ............ 298
Evanston ............ 301
Southern Wyoming map ............ 302—303
Fort Bridger ............ 304
Flaming Gorge ............ 308
Green River ............ 313
Rock Springs ............ 314
Great Divide Basin ............ 318
Copper Country ............ 320
Rawlins ............ 320
East of Rawlins: 322
Over the Sierra Madre ............ 323
Encampment ............ 327

Practical Information ............ 332
State Information ............ 332
Area Code and Time Zone ............ 332
Getting There ............ 332
About Wyoming Food and Lodging ............ 333
Dude and Guest Ranches ............ 333
Historic Wyoming Hotels ............ 334
Rodeo Events ............ 339
Festivals and Rodeos ............ 341

Recommended Reading ............ 347

Index ............ 352

Maps
Wyoming Overview ............ 8
Wyoming ............ 12—13
Cheyenne ............ 43
Southeast Wyoming ............ 54
Laramie ............ 57
Northeast Wyoming ............ 91
North-Central Wyoming ............ 112
Historic Wyoming ............ 147
Northwest Wyoming ............ 183
Yellowstone National Park ............ 199
Grand Teton NP & Jackson Hole ............ 223
West-Central Wyoming ............ 259
Southern Wyoming ............ 302—303

Literary Extracts
Bill Nye resigns from the post office ............ 33
Gretel Ehrlich on Heart Mountain in the snow ............ 140
Ferdinand Hayden on Yellowstone River ............ 200
Margaret Murie on the Wapiti Wilderness ............ 254
John McPhee on the Green River Basin ............ 309
A. B. Snyder on taking a train to Laramie ............ 316
Frank Benton on cattle with wrinkled horns ............ 321

Topical Essays
Vedauwoo ............ 55­—56
Medicine Bow and Owen Wister ............ 69
The Teapot Dome Scandal ............ 117
Cattle Kate ............ 119
Johnson County War ............ 158—161
Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum of the West ............ 169
Buffalo Bill Cody ............ 191—192
The Creation of Grand Teton National Park ............ 226—227
The Lure of the Tetons ............ 234
Gravity Addiction ............ 242—243
Casting into the Winds ............ 284
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route ............ 285
Geology ............ 310

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    as a guide to wyoming this book was very detailed and informative.

    I found this book to be a fast read, both informative and accurate.Points of interest were current and detailed enough to make you interested in visiting each destination.The maps were useful to guide you in the right direction.

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