The online site Discover Alot just released a list of fasting shrinking cities in each state.

They list many different reasons that cities and states grow and shrink.

Since the writers of this article have never been to Wyoming, I thought I'd help them out with the WHY.

The faster-shrinking city in Wyoming is...


Gillette, Wyoming -1.7%
Gillette, Wyoming saw a population decline of 1.7% in the last year. For 2020, the population was at 33,458, while in 2021, the population was 32,884. Considering the city’s trends, we may see an increase in 2030, but only time will tell. There's a lot of time between then and now. (Discover Alot).

They actually get a lot right here.

Since Gillette is primarily a coal town, then comes oil, natural gas, and finally cattle, Gillette has always gone through many booms and busts.

Big ones, as a matter of fact.

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It's not uncommon for Gillette to go through record growth, the type of which most towns in America will never see, only see suffer a massive crash right after.

It all has to do with the boom and bust cycles of energy.

The city of Gillette is situated in the northeastern region of Wyoming.

The city, which is also a large producer of oil and natural gas, produces close to 35 percent of the nation's coal.

As a result, Gillette calls itself the "Energy Capital" of the country.

This region also has an extensive history of cowboy culture. (Discover Alot).

I am SHOCKED, and pleased at the same time.

For once an online news source did their homework and got it right.

I should send them an award.

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Gillette, Wyoming is a basic blue-collar town. Not much to do if you're a tourist wanting to explore Wyoming.

But don't drive by the town too fast. There are a few things up there that you'll want to stop and see. Especially if you love classic cars.

The first video tour I have for you is from DAVE. He seems like a nice guy. He gives us a basic walk around.

On his Youtube page, Rhetty for History Dave writes,

"Be prepared to take a trip back in time when you wander thru this museum. They have a little bit of everything and if you like antique cars and vintage auto collectibles then you will love this place. In addition to the museum it is also an antique store, candy shop and coffee shop. This is one place you don't want to miss if you are ever in the area of Gillette, Wyoming."


Dave is not the only one who's posted a walk-through video. Many people biking through Sturgis during bike week.

It's not just old cars and trucks on display. Everything needed to maintain and keep the old girl running including old name brands that are no longer around.

Here is a biker that goes by LoneStarRider on Youtube. He writes: "After I arrived in Gillette Wyoming I visited the Frontier Auto & Relic Museum Gillette Wyoming. This museum is awesome!"

But I wouldn't want to leave you without showing the professionally produced video from the Museum itself.

Frontier Relics & Auto Museum

"Whether you're taking a tour through our transportation museum, relaxing in our seating area or hunting for your next treasure. We are the place where great memories come alive! Our 13,000 square foot museum features 2 separate vintage towns. Each room uniquely displayed in the style of such buildings found in the 1900s-1950s and decorated with artifacts."

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"Also featured is an indoor 'Drive-in theater' that displays classic movies and commercials you and your family can sit and watch during your visit. A mining room with a model railway, and a soda fountain/pharmacy that you can sit in and enjoy ice cream, pinball machines, and classic music."


So don't blow through Gillette on the highway. Stop in and see their cute little downtown. This museum is not far from there, just west on 2n't street.

Visit there website for more information.

Inside The Cars At The Douglas Wyoming Train Museum

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Thermopolis Wyoming has one of the most interesting and active dinosaur museums in the world. As they continued to make new finds in the area they put in on display, so you can discover and learn.

Let's have a look at some of what is on display.

Vintage Wyoming Movie Posters

I love walking down the hallway of a modern movie theater and looking at the old posters of vintage movies.

That got me thinking about old Westerns based on Wyoming. How many of those posters are still around?

Many are, and many are for sale online, if you want to decorate your home, or even home theater, with classic and mostly forgotten movie posters.

Most of these films were made before the era of television. Hollywood was cranking out these things as fast as they could.

The plots, the scrips, the acting, directing, and editing were SO BAD, they were good.

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