Pioneer Graffiti along the Oregon Trail in Platte County

Time to jump in the water and discover American history in the small Wyoming Pony Express town.
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Wagon traveling over the Oregon National Historic Trail in Wyoming

Wagon traveling over the Oregon National Historic Trail in Wyoming

Small-Town Stops

Forty-five miles north of Cheyenne, stop at the Chugwater Soda Fountain in Chugwater, the oldest soda fountain in Wyoming. Opened in 1914, it’s known for its shakes, malts and “world-famous” Chugwater Chili. Down the street is the Stampede Saloon and Eatery with live music every Friday and Saturday night and a family friendly atmosphere. If you’re looking for a no-thrills, small-town diner for breakfast, head to Wheatland to the Western Sky’s Family Diner.

Water Fun

Head to Guernsey State Park in Guernsey where a reservoir with a beach, hiking trails, four yurts and 245 campsites await. Or look for teepee rings and artifacts from Arapaho, Cheyenne, Oglala, and Brule Sioux tribes in Glendo State Park. But don't disturb any historic items. Remember it is illegal to remove the artifacts. Sandy Beach is a mile-long and 568 campsites make it a great place to camp. It’s approximately 100 miles north of Cheyenne, just off of I-25, at Exit 111.

Pony Express

It wasn’t easy to establish the Pony Express, the legend of which far outlasted its run of only 19 months [the invention of the telegraph in 1861 replaced it]. Seventy-five horses were needed between Missouri and California, with a fresh horse every 10-15 miles and a new rider every 75-100 miles. On April 3, 1860, the first official mail delivery contained 49 letters. It took 10 days to get across eight states. Get your National Park Service passport stamped at Fort Laramie, one of the Pony Express stops.

Nearly 200-Year-Old Graffiti

Wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about .5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming.

Wagon ruts of the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River, about .5 miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming

Three miles south of Guernsey, stop at Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site to see the ruts created by thousands of wagons that traveled from 1841-1869 along the Oregon Trail. About three miles southeast of Guernsey, visit Register Cliff State Historic Site where pioneers etched their names. The earliest etching is dated July, 14, 1829. However, most of the names and dates were inscribed between the 1840s and 1850s.

Register Cliff where pioneers "signed in" on the Oregon Trail in Wyoming

Register Cliff where pioneers "signed in" on the Oregon Trail north of Guernsey, Wyoming

For more information:

Stop by the Platte County Visitors' Center in Wheatland at I-25, Exit 78.

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