Seems like June and July were not so long ago. But it was more than half a year. Guess that means we are getting closer to summer. After this latest snow and cold snap, I am ready. These photos are a look back to a few hours we spent on a fantastic evening June 28, 2014 in Guernsey State Park.
|Snapped as we headed home|
|Evening Light Plays With Color Below Echo Cave|
|Setting Sun Turns the Lake Golden|
|How Long Ago, Who ?|
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Old Telephone Pole, Don't See Many of These Anymore
These Guys Were Tough on Early Telegraph Poles
I have long enjoyed the look of old west false front buildings.
Not many left any more.
False fronts were used on business buildings to give a
more dignified look and a more permanent look to the building and business. People
moving in from the east were supposedly impressed by the eastern appeal of
these buildings. Store keepers and town builders felt the false fronts, turning
one story building into two stories, gave the appearance of a busy commercial
One interesting story
says the false fronts were used in Colorado to hide the mountains from the new easterners,
thus not reminding them they were not back east any longer. Today mountain
views are one of the great things about the mountain west and they can cost
homeowners a lot of money. How times have changed.
The Photos are from main
street in Hartville Wyoming a great old west tiny (population less than 100)
For Sale Business Building
Hartville Post Office
The Old Fire House - There is a Very Nice New One Now
And a Fixer Upper
Medicine Bow is one of the most impressive mountains in south eastern Wyoming. The Mountain, most often called, Medicine Bow Peak, is part of a small range called the Medicine Bow's. Nearby is the tiny village of Medicine Bow and Medicine Bow River.
Took This Shot of Medicine Bow Peak Last Sunday
Where did the name Medicine Bow come from? Good solid birch trees that made terrific hunting bows for native peoples roaming and hunting the area. Many different woods and even the antlers of big horn sheep and elk were used in various parts of the west to make hunting bows. The Birch wood found along today's Medicine Bow River must have made exceptional bows. So good they said it was, “good medicine,” the medicine wood.
Powerful Animals Took a Powerful Bow
See the town of Medicine Bow here - http://www.medicinebow.org
Indian legends often tell the story of the high regard which native peoples held animals. Sitting Bull is a great example. Sioux oral history states that his father, after hearing a nearby buffalo bull bellowing took this as a sign. He chose this sign to made four names from, Sitting Bull, Lone Bull, Jumping Bull and Standing Bull.
He then used the first and what he considered the most powerful name, Sitting Bull as his own name. But when his 14 year old son showed exceptional bravery counting his first coup, his father gave away that name to his son, who would become the great Sitting Bull of history books and the Wild West Show. Sitting Bull’s father lived out the rest of his life as another of his four names, Lone Bull.