Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 1, 2014

It looks beautiful, doesn't it?  But how would this appear to you if you were used to living in a temperate climate like Seattle or Southern California?  Would you appreciate the extremely low humidity, the constant wind, the hot summers (over 100 on some days) and cold winters (minus 40)?  This is Heart Mountain, the site of a Japanese internment camp during World War II, and those are the conditions the thousands of internees faced.

While I understand the reasons the government felt compelled to create these camps, my heart goes out to those who spent years living in one.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 24, 2014

Have you ever seen hollyhocks this tall?  I hadn't.  They're growing outside the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center between Powell and Cody, Wyoming.  In case you're not familiar with Heart Mountain, I'll be blogging about it in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 17, 2014

What is it?  A permanent wave machine.  Yes, this is the way women used to have their hair curled.  I found this at the Homesteaders Museum in Powell, Wyoming. 

To show you the machine in its full glory, I've included a picture of a similar machine in the Old Town museum in Burlington, Colorado.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 10, 2014

Here's another one of what I call the quintessential Wyoming roads -- gorgeous scenery and very little traffic.  This is highway 14 heading west into the Big Horn mountains.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 3, 2014


It's trivia time!

Even before I moved here, I knew that Wyoming was the first territory to grant women suffrage, but until I saw this plaque on the sidewalk in a small park in Laramie, I hadn't realized the the first woman to vote was a senior citizen.  Congratulations to Louisa Swain for her role in history!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 27, 2014

Do you know what is this?  You're right.  It's part of a phonograph, specifically one that Thomas Edison designed.  Now that we've established that, you're probably wondering why I've included something from the inventor who's more closely associated with New Jersey than Wyoming in a Wednesday in Wyoming post. 

A little known fact is that Edison visited Wyoming in 1878 to view a total solar eclipse and to test one of his new inventions, a tasimeter.  That was a new word to me, too, and my dictionary doesn't even include it.  According to the article I've linked below, the tasimeter was designed to measure small changes in temperature.  Unfortunately for Edison, the temperature changes were too great for his instrument to work properly, but he had an unforgettable visit to the Equality State.

You can find the whole story here:  
http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/edison-light-bulb-and-eclipse-1878

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday in Wyoming -- August 20, 2014

You probably won't be surprised to learn that this is considered a mansion, the Ferris Mansion, to be specific.  You probably also won't be surprised that although it was once a private residence, it's now a B&B.  What might surprise you is that the house came from a kit.  Yes, in the early twentieth century it was possible to order a house exactly like this and have it delivered to your site.  How did I learn that?  From a lecture at the Wyoming State Museum earlier this year.

In case you're interested in staying there, the Ferris Mansion is located in Rawlins.