07 April 2009

Shoshoni, WY, part 1

Shoshoni is 32 miles south of Thermopolis and 14 miles south of Boysen Dam. Casper is 98 miles east, and Riverton is 23 miles southwest.

The well traveled intersection below has made Idaho and 2nd Streets the center of the present business district. The town hall is in the center of the shot, and the fire department is behind it to the right.

Shoshoni, WyomingThis is looking south at the same intersection.

Shoshoni, WyomingMost of the following photographs were taken on Main Street. The buildings depicted in them used to make up the business hub of Shoshoni. Click here for a satellite view of Shoshoni.

Shoshoni, WyomingFor photographs of the way these buildings used to look, click here.

Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, WyomingThe mural below reads, "Waiting For A liVe ONe."

Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, WyomingFor the link to the Wind River Masonic Lodge (below), click here. If you're into trivia, the Freemason abbreviation "A.F. & A.M." stands for Antient Free and Accepted Masons.

Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, Wyoming
Shoshoni, WyomingThis is the post office:

Post Office, Shoshoni, WyomingThe sign (below) says the jail was erected in 1907.

jail, Shoshoni, WyomingShoshoni has a Baptist church, a Latter Day Saints chapel (Mormon), and this Presbyterian church:

Presbyterian church, Shoshoni, WyomingSee also Shoshoni, WY, part 4, part 3, part 2.
See also Bonneville, WY.


Anonymous said...

I'm very much enjoying your pictures. I haven't been back to Wyoming in many years, but I was born in Thermop and my parents lived in Shoshoni before I was born. Family legend has it that my Dad shot a hole in the ceiling of the Shoshoni Bar one night to break up a fight. I'm amazed to see that it's still standing.

When I was a kid, one of the big attractions of Shoshoni was the general store. It filled several buildings and you could find most anything there. The owner supposedly had stock going back for years. It was easy to believe; the place was jammed so tightly with stuff that eventually it was closed both because it was a fire hazard and because there was no longer any way to inventory it properly for tax purposes. As kids we would wiggle through racks of clothes and down tiny aisles that adults couldn't navigate. It was a junk shop wonderland, only everything was unused.

Anyhow, enough rambling from me! Keep up the lovely photo-blogging. It's much appreciated. :)

Phil Leichtweis said...

I really enjoyed looking at the photos of the old buildings in Shoshoni. My grandfather (Frank Leichtweis) lived in Shoshoni in the 1920's and owned the 'Shoshoni Enterprise' which was a general store, barber shop, post office. I have a black and white photograph of him standing in front of the store and would be willing to post the photo on this site if the webmaster would be willing. Also, I have a legal description of the property where the store was located but do not know how to translate that description into a street name or house/building number. Is there anyone who could help me with that? I'd like to know if that building is still standing and get a current photo of it.

I'm not sure if Shoshoni has a museum but I possess many of my grandfathers barber tools that he used while in Shoshoni and would be willing to donate them to a museum if one exists. Please reply to this post with contact information and I will get in touch with them.

Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide.

Philip Leichtweis
Cheyenne, Wyoming