Laramie Peak West of Wheatland
Green Harvest Festival in Downtown Wheatland
Wheatland, the county seat and largest town in Platte County, has a population of just over 3,500. Located right in the middle of the largest privately financed irrigation district in the United States, this is a community of hard-working, self-reliant people. Interstate 25, the major north-south highway for Wyoming, makes Wheatland an important stop for travelers of all types, and it offers many services to meet their needs. The agricultural community is also strong, and the farmers and ranchers work hard and invest wisely to produce the best product possible. Wheatland is also home to the Laramie River Power Station, a 1,500-megawatt coal-fed power plant, wonderful public schools, a dynamic and up-to-date public library, great medical facilities, a beautiful city park and a lot of caring people. In recent years, civic-minded folks have undertaken projects to turn Wheatland's downtown and other neighborhoods into attractive places to live, work and shop. Learn more about Wheatland on its website by going to the Community Links section and click on Wheatland.
Historic Downtown Wheatland
East Entrance Into Guernsey
Guernsey, population 1,147, sits in the middle of one of the most historic areas in Wyoming. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants passed through here on their way west in the middle of the 19th century, even stopping to carve their names in sandstone cliffs, washing their clothes in nearby springs, camping along the North Platte River, and sometimes burying their dead. Today Guernsey is a vibrant community, with Camp Guernsey, Wyoming's Army Reserve National Guard facility and training center, and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad yards just east of town. In the summer, thousands of vacationers converge on Lake Guernsey, just four miles north, to boat, camp, and fish. To find out more about Guernsey on our website, go to the Community Links section and click on Guernsey.
North Platte River West of Guernsey
View of Glendo Lake & Laramie Peak
There are few places in Wyoming where a town so small can cause so much excitement. Glendo, population 229, is definitely where the action is from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This small town hosts literally thousands of boaters, campers, and fishermen on most weekends during the summer. Although most of the action is on the lake, Glendo offers several good restaurants and other diversions after all the fun in the sun. Tucked among the hills between Glendo Lake and I-25, Glendo is also the gateway to another of southeastern Wyoming's playgrounds, the Esterbrook area just a half hour west of town. To find out more about Glendo and what it has to offer for the summer vacationer, go to the Community Links section and click on Glendo.
Visitors who stumble upon this small, unpretentious town of 80, immediately fall in love with its rustic charm. No other town in Wyoming can hold the casual visitor under its spell like Hartville, Wyoming. Just a few minutes' drive north of Guernsey on Wyoming Highway 270, Hartville began as a mining town in the 1880's. Its sister town, Sunrise, was the quiet, orderly, company town, but Hartville, just a mile down the road, was anything but quiet and orderly in its youth. A dozen or more saloons, an opera house, gaming halls, coffee houses...you name it and Hartville had it first. In fact, it is the oldest incorporated town in Wyoming still in existence. And, although Hartville is a sleepy little "ghost town" today, things are beginning to change. To read more about this picturesque community tucked away in Eureka Canyon, go to the Community Links section and click on Hartville.
Historic Hartville Cemetery
Views of Chugwater
How does a town in the middle of Wyoming's windswept prairies get the name Chugwater? It takes a little bit of imagination, but once you look closely at the bluffs surrounding this rural community of 250 the explanation seems simple. Long before Europeans came to this part of the American West, the Plains Indians relied on the bison, called buffalo by most Wyomingites, for their livelihood. Before horses were plentiful, they devised a way to stampede the bison over the very cliffs you pass under when driving I-25 between Wheatland and Cheyenne. When the big hairy beasts plummeted to their death on the valley floor below they made a "chugging" sound. Hence, the name Chugwater. To learn more about the last 200 years of Chugwater history, go to the Community Links section and click on Chugwater.
Bluffs North of Chugwater