The Medicine Bow Museum is located in the old railroad depot built in 1913, after a fire destroyed the original depot earlier that same year. The Owen Wister Cabin and Monument are located next to the museum. The cabin was used as Wister's summer home and winter hunting lodge in the Jackson Hole Area, and brought to Medicine Bow as a bicentennial project by the Town's Lion's Club. The Monument, made of petrified wood, was erected in 1939, as a tribute to Owen Wister and his book "The Virginian."
Owen Wister Cabin July 22, 1885 - Wister came to Medicine Bow with the owner of the ranch. As there were no rooms available, he slept on the counter of the General Store, South of the tracks, now known as the Owen Wister General Store. Wister made several trips West, and the names and events over a period of the next 15 years were kept in a series of diaries. They contained a full and realistic account of his western experiences with cattle thieves, ranchers, cowboys, saloons and their keepers, and Indians. He used these colorful events to provide the material for his western novel "The Virginian," which was published in 1902. (The setting - Medicine Bow, Wyoming) "The Virginian" was the first Western ever written. It brought world wide recognition to Medicine Bow and made famous the phrase "When you call me that, smile. The T.V. show, "The Virginian" was introduced in the 1962-63 season, and was based on Wister's book. James Drury was the Virginian, Doug McClure was Trampas, and Lee J. Cobb was the Colonel.
The Virginian Hotel Built in 1911 The Virginian Hotel has four Antique Suites and Twenty-six antique rooms of individual western splendor - A National Historic Landmark. Time has stood still for "The Historic Virginian Hotel" - It has retained the style and air of old, continuing a world famous reputation of our welcome and hospitality. The Virginian Hotel received its prominence in a novel by Owen Wister called "The Virginian.
Seminoe Reservoir Park features include beach areas, boat ramp/dock, campsites, dam, drinking water, fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, trailer sanitary station. Most park grounds are open year round, weather permitting. Fifty miles Northwest, it is an excellent year-round recreation area. Visit Website
The Shirley Mountains and Basin are full unblemished nature and wildlife, and display striking scenery throughout the seasons. Highway 487 to Casper takes you right through the basin, and the old highway 77 loop makes a nice diversion, with a convenient rest stop at one end. Hunters just love this area for Antelope and Elk. You'll also spot a host of smaller wildlife and birds along the highway. Be sure to check the roads before venturing out in the winter, as the roads through Shirley Basin are often restricted.
Old Carbon Fourteen miles West, once a booming town of nearly 3,000 people, its ghostly ruins crumble around the Old Carbon Cemetery.
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