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About Douglas

Douglas, Wyoming

 

 

 

 

Douglas (LakotaPȟežíȟota Otȟúŋwahe; "White Sagebrush City") is a city in Converse CountyWyomingUnited States. The population was 6,120 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Converse County and the home of the Wyoming State Fair.

Its former railroad passenger depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

 

 

 

Center Street (city centre), view to the west 

Center Street (city centre), view to the west

 

 

History

 

 

 

 

 

Center St., looking east (1920s)

 

 

 

 

Douglas was platted in 1886 when the Wyoming Central Railway (later the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company) established a railway station; the settlement had been in existence since 1867 when Fort Fettermanwas built and was first known as “Tent City” before it was officially named "Douglas", after Senator Stephen A. Douglas. It served as a supply point, warehousing and retail, for surrounding cattle ranches, as well as servicing railway crews, cowboys and the troops of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Fetterman.

Douglas was the home of a World War II internment camp.

 

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

 

Douglas is located at 42°45′22″N 105°23′4″W (42.756008, -105.384555).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.76 square miles (12.33 km2), of which, 4.58 square miles (11.86 km2) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is water.


 

 

 

 

 

Education

 

 

 

Public education in the city of Douglas is provided by Converse County School District #1. Zoned campuses include Douglas Primary School (grades k-1), Douglas Intermediate School (grades 2-3), Douglas Upper Elementary School (grades 4-5), Douglas Middle School (grades 6-8), Douglas High school(grades 9-12). Douglas is also home to the branch campus of Eastern Wyoming College, one of the state's seven community colleges.

 

 

 

 

 

Culture

 

 

 

 

Part of the exhibition at Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center, left the CB&Q dining car #196, right the CB&Q steam locomotive #5633

 

 

 

 

Douglas is located on the banks of the North Platte River, and is named for Stephen A. Douglas, U.S. Senator. The city grew after it was designated a stop on theFremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. Railroads brought settlers and pioneers west; some stayed and others continued on. Douglas' location affords excellent access to nearby sights. Medicine Bow National Forest is located nearby, as is Thunder Basin National Grassland and Ayres Natural Bridge. In 1996 Douglas was listed by Norman Crampton as one of The 100 Best Small Towns in America.

The former Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad Passenger Depot in Douglas is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The DouglasChamber of Commerce and the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center is located in the depot. The free of charge exhibition outside contains eight railroad vehicles, one steam locomotive with tender and seven cars.

Horse culture

 

 

 

 

Since Fort Fetterman days, Douglas has been a center of American horse culture. The remains of the first winner of racing's Triple Crown, thoroughbred Sir Barton, are buried here. Today, Douglas is the location of the Wyoming State Fair, held every summer and known for its rodeo and animal competitions. Also on the fairgrounds is the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, a collection of pioneer and Native American relics pertaining to the history of Converse County.

Jackalopes 

 

 

 


Jackalope statue in Douglas

In 1932, the jackalope legend in the United States was attributed by the New York Times to Douglas Herrick (1920−2003) of Douglas, and thus the city was named the "Home of the Jackalope" by the state of Wyoming in 1985. Douglas has issued Jackalope Hunting licenses to tourists. The tags are good for hunting during official Jackalope season, which occurs for only one day, June 31.

According to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, a 1930s hunting trip for jackrabbits led to the idea of a Jackalope. Herrick and his brother had studiedtaxidermy by mail order as teenagers. When the brothers returned from a hunting trip, Herrick tossed a jackrabbit carcass into the taxidermy shop, which rested beside a pair of deer antlers. The accidental combination of animal forms sparked Douglas Herrick's idea for a jackalope.

 

 

 

 

Wyoming State Fair

 

 

 

 

Main entrance to the Wyoming State Fair


Each August Douglas hosts the Wyoming State Fair, not to be confused withCheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo held in late July. The fair includes a carnival midway, live entertainment, and its own rodeo. On August 12, 2009, the fair hosted country music star John Anderson. The centennial fair in 2012 attracted sixty thousand persons, large by Wyoming standards; the Dierks Bentley concert was the first ever sold-out show in the fair.

The 101st fair opened in Douglas on August 10, 2013; it corresponds with the centennial of the Wyoming State 4-H Club, an active group in the annual fair. Fair performers will include country musicians Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas,_Wyoming


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