INDIANA to WYOMING
Aug. 28-30 2010
Outside an A&W restaurant in Thermopolis, WY. These statues of people holding hamburgers are strongly reminiscent of Big Boy.
Thermopolis is a town rich in Roads Scholaring sites. And you're gonna peep all 22 Thermopolis photos in this part. Every single solitary one of 'em! And it doesn't get much more roadfaced than this photo of US 20. Those might be the Big Horn Mountains up ahead.
US 20 at the junction with WY 120 in ol' Thermop.
This mountain looming over Thermopolis bears the words "WORLD'S LARGEST MINERAL HOT SPRING" - with arrows pointing down towards the spring.
East on Park Street in Thermop as it goes under a rail bridge. Now we're entering Hot Springs State Park.
I thought this building on Park Street was a replica of Highland Heights Elementary, but it turned out to be a Best Western.
Park Street where it goes over the Bighorn River.
This is Tepee Fountain at the state park. This formation first appeared in 1903, when hot mineral water was piped up from underground and cooled. It's expanded over the years from deposits from the water that once flowed over the top.
This has to be the Bighorn River at Hot Springs State Park. The Wind River becomes the Bighorn just north of Wind River Canyon.
A rather interesting footbridge over the Bighorn, but I'll get to that later.
Another view of the Bighorn, showing the mineral deposits on the riverbank.
A waterfall at Hot Springs State Park.
Bighorn River is on the right, but what's on the left is really a sulfur pool on a cliff overlooking the river. (It used to be spelled sulphur.) It's a shame we don't have smellivision to save the smell for you, but Thermopolis is known for its piping hot springs of sulfur and other minerals. Many locals are quite proud of the sulfur aroma that crops up in their town.
Another Bighorn River photo. It's a pity that much of the area has been commercialized, but this is a fairly unspoiled view.
The Bighorn again!
The river with mineral cliffs.
A close-up of the footbridge I showed you a few photos ago. It was built in 1916 to access some of the area's hot springs and pastures. But it was condemned in 1984, removed in 1991, and restored in 1992. Folks can now walk across this swinging bridge again, but you may not want to, because it's terrifying. Swing it does, and the surface is nothing but wooden planks.
Then again, if you don't cross the swinging bridge, you miss this little treat. This structure - which features the faded word "DANGER" - is obviously an approach for a bridge that had long since been demolished. I'm guessing that the bridge probably goed over the rail line and led to US 20 northeast of town.
This is a view of US 20 northeast of Thermop, paralleled by the rail line and the Bighorn River at bottom right. Near the center-right is where the missing bridge may have emerged.
Deer gathered outside a Thermopolis restaurant. The eatery had tasty vittles and a jukebox stocked with all your favorite Bertie Higgins records. (Just joking about the jukebox.)
Sorry, deer, but James Watt was not at this restaurant, so you can stop the mooning.
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