Pinedale: a plethora of pleasant piedmonts

The deer were all ‘waat’

U.S. by us

Sidetracked by torrential rain, we headed southwest to Wyoming. We winded our way up to the northwest corner of the state to enjoy Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. As we approached from the south, timing led us to stop in Sublette County, Wyoming, about an hour before the resorts in Jackson Hole. This county is larger than Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island combined and there is not one traffic light. We stayed in Pinedale which is the county seat and an old western town.

Pinedale has a fascinating history from its founding in 1904. The town was filled with hacks and dudes. The hacks cut trees and shaped railroad ties. The dudes were paid guides who assisted the hacks navigating the Wind River and mountains. The dudes also guided the tourists who came to fish and hunt along the deep glacier lakes.

The town boomed in the 1930s…

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