Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Casper, Wy

We stopped in Casper, Wy for one night on our way to Canada. One thing
we like about traveling with Jim and Sherri is the fact that we do not
start early and try to be in a campground by 3 or so. That gives us time
to see some sights in the town we stop. Such was the case yesterday.
We stayed at Fort Caspar Campground. Next to the campground is
Fort Caspar and Museum, which only cost us $3 per adult to explore.
We discovered that Native Americans, mountain
men, fur traders, emigrants (on their way to Oregon), and the U.S. army
visited or lived in Casper during the mid-1800s. The North Platte River
valley was the pathway for the Oregon/California/Mormon Pioneer and
Pony Express Trails across the plain. Imagine walking the same path
that Brigham Young walked while leading the Mormons to the great
Salt Lake Valley. Last night Gary walked one of the trails and ran into
a mule deer doe. I took lots of pictures, so if you want to see more than
the four here, be sure to click on travel photo link on the right or click here.

Dakota war shirt.

Cherokee pipe bag. Lots of pipes on the wall above the bag

This is a replica of the Mormon ferry.

Back of Fort Caspar. The buildings had great exhibits inside. It was
amazing to see the size of the beds that the soldiers slept in and to learn
that 2 soldiers slept in each bed. Talk about closeness among the
troops!!!!! One exhibit also had a replica of a banjo.
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