There is nothing much left of the old town of Piedmont, Wyoming.

Folks who founded the town had such high hopes.

Like many Western towns, things did not always go as planned.

During the 1800s and the settling of the West, stagecoach lines and the Transcontinental Railroad brought about the thriving town of Piedmont, Wyoming.

From train hold-ups to hostage situations, and child kidnapping, there's plenty of history to savor from this ghost town.

Piedmont is, or was, a town located in Unita County, Wyoming.

It was once a thriving small railroad and timber town.

It was a really cute place at one time but it started to decline when Union Pacific opened a new line that bypassed the town.

There are many stories in the video, below, worth hearing.

The child kidnapping happened when a boy was by himself, near home at the Muddy Creek Train Station, and a couple of Soux Indians saw him and ran off with him.

Long before, and after, the arrival of the white man, American Indians were known to make slaves of women and children.

By the time the family had figured out what happened, they thought the chances of getting their son back were slim to none.

Two years later the Shoshone Chief Washakie rode into the station to speak with the family. He had their son with him.

It turns out that the Chief was friends with the manager of the train station. So Washakie went to the Soux and negotiated for the boys' return.

This is one of many stories you'll hear in the video above and the one below.

What is left of the town can be found in southwestern Wyoming.

You can still explore the old buildings.

Almost Forgotton Wyoming Cemetary

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

Reading The Past - Chugwater Wyoming Newspaper

These pages of the old Chugwter Wyoming newspaper show us coverage of the region from back in the 1940s.

There was little local news, other than the war.

But what was published at the time was important to the people of the area.

It was, in most case, the only news they had from outside their little ranch or town.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

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