When driving down 2nd street of downtown Laramie, it’s hard not to notice a big iron storefront on one of the buildings that reads “Simon Durlacher.” The building on 203 S 2nd street has been around since 1872 when it was built by Simon Durlacher, making it one of the oldest buildings on the block.
It’s the first post for the Diversity Initiative’s Preservation Month, and what better to start the month than talk about Carnegie Libraries in Wyoming and the women’s clubs that helped make them possible. This profile is written by Andrea Graham, who leads our Cowboy Carnegie program which is a traveling exhibit that has gone to cities throughout Wyoming.
There’s so much to see in Green River, if you decide to drive the Lincoln Highway make sure to check out the historic sites in the city of Green River. We are at the end of the highway and the end of the Greg’s journey, this week will be about Fort Bridger. But first we would like to thank Greg Rasanen for allowing us to share his journey across the Lincoln Highway and the history of all the historic places found along the I-80 corridor. If you want to check out Greg Rasanen’s Blog, click here. Also, if you have any stories of traveling through Wyoming and your experience at different historic places and spaces please feel free to reach out to us, we’re always looking for people’s experience. But back to the Lincoln Highway, last stop, Fort Bridger.
Though it continues to be sad that only pieces of Fort Steele remain, we had a blast reading Greg’s thoughts and history about what the site was and became. This week Greg stops by Points of Rock Stage Station.
Last week’s stop on Greg’s Lincoln Highway Adventure was the Ames Monument. Last summer we celebrated the site becoming a National Historic Landmark, making it Wyoming’s twenty-sixth National Historic Landmark! This week we leave Albany county and head to Fort Steele.
Who doesn’t love Buford, Wyoming? We hope a new owner comes in to keep Wyoming’s smallest “town” running, the town is important both historically and for drivers on I-80 who might need to stop for gas or due to the weather. This week’s stop is only a few miles from the small town of Buford- the Ames Monument!
We hope you enjoyed the beginning of Greg Rasanen’s adventure crossing the Wyoming Lincoln Highway, we sure did! We especially like the part about Frontier Days, it’s always a great event that brings communities and families from all over the country together. Our next stop on this journey is Buford, Wyoming, let’s find out what Greg has to say about this small “town.”
This week we get to hear about the first stop on Greg's tour of the Lincoln Highway. And what better place to start the trip than to stop in the state capital, Cheyenne. If you missed last week's post, we are excited to be highlighting Greg Rasanen's Blog about his trip across the Lincoln Highway for the next month.
The Old Johnson school, which is currently being occupied by Destiny Church and Academy, was built on the South Side of Cheyenne in 1923. Following an unfortunate accident in 2016 which compromised a load bearing wall on the west side of the school, Destiny Church and Academy was awarded a Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant in 2016, which connected them to TDSi in Cheyenne.
Rock Springs’ Slovenski Dom has served as the social and cultural heart of Rock Springs’ Slovenian community for over 100 years. This building is a great representation of the preservation of immigrant history within the state, and an important example of repurposing and using old buildings not leaving them dormant.