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Douglas, Wyoming (Images of America Series)

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The town of Douglas is located in east-central Wyoming in a gentle valley, with the mountains of Medicine Bow National Forest on one side and the beautiful Wyoming plains on the other. Established in 1887 by the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad, the town was named by representatives from the railroad's Chicago headquarters after the great orator and Illinois senator Stephen Douglas. Douglas, probably known best for his part in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, was an enthusiastic advocate of westward ...

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Overview

The town of Douglas is located in east-central Wyoming in a gentle valley, with the mountains of Medicine Bow National Forest on one side and the beautiful Wyoming plains on the other. Established in 1887 by the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad, the town was named by representatives from the railroad's Chicago headquarters after the great orator and Illinois senator Stephen Douglas. Douglas, probably known best for his part in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, was an enthusiastic advocate of westward expansion. To many of the locals-and by official proclamation in 1985-Douglas is considered the "Home of the Jackalope," an animal well known in American folklore as being part antelope and part jackrabbit. Be it fact or fiction, the town has successfully marketed the Jackalope through festivals, souvenirs, and even hunting licenses. The area is rich in history, from military establishments, immigrant trails, ranching, and homesteading, to its beautiful scenery, such as the Ayres Natural Bridge, depicted on the cover.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738580593
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,442,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 128.00 (h) x 9.25 (d)

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The authors, Linda Graves Fabian and Carol Price Tripp, both native Douglasites, carefully and lovingly selected photographs from the extensive photographic collections of the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum in Douglas, thanks to the generosity of executive director Arlene Ekland-Earnst.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword 7

1 The Military 9

2 The Iron Horse 17

3 Merchants and Mercantilism 23

4 Eking Out a Living 37

5 Some Swell Events 53

6 Unexpected Company 81

7 People and Pastimes 89

8 What Once Was . . . 107

Bibliography 127

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