Try to imagine what Shoshoni, Wyoming looked like before the town was settled.

This photo shows The Birdseye Hotel & Halfway House.

Today the term "halfway house" has an entirely different meaning than it did back then.

Hotels were a lot different too. A typical room was a place where many patrons slept. They often even shared beds, regardless of whether they knew each other or not.

Nestled near the summit of Copper Mountain, Birdseye Station, Wyoming, captured in this circa 1910 photograph, was a hub of activity.

Before constructing the Burlington Railroad through Wind River Canyon, it served as a vital artery for travel between Thermopolis and Shoshoni, witnessing a bustling traffic flow.

Photo by: W.B.D. Gray, American Heritage Center, via Wyoming Places.
Photo by: W.B.D. Gray, American Heritage Center, via Wyoming Places.

There was a saloon there too. To not have one would have been a loss of a lot of money.

There is a lot of wood construction here. Look closer and you'll see that two of the builds are mostly covered in tar paper.

Insulation was not much of a thing back then. Today's homes keep the cold of winter out far better than anything they had back then.

Photos and places like this can be found on the government website called Wyoming Places

Wyoming Places provides information about locations, histories, and name origins of places in the great state of Wyoming. When possible, we share stories about these places. Learn more on our About page.

There is nothing left, today, of this once important stop from back then. Railroads and then highways now move people by so fast they have no need to stop. A trip that took days back then takes just an hour or so today.

A Traditional Wyoming Branding

Ranchers in states like Wyoming still do it the way it has been done for generations.

Let's take a peak into how ranchers near Chugwater, Wyoming gather to help their neighbors with the hard work that needs to be done.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

The Worst Taxidermy In Existence

Some of these horrible taxidermy jobs are supposed to be bad.

Some were supposed to be good but obviously did not turn out that way.

The Bad Taxidermy Page on Facebook is hours of laughs with shareable images you'll want to send to everybody you know.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

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