25 June 2010

Arminto, WY and beyond

Halfway between Shoshoni and Casper is the rest stop, and maybe a mile east of that is a place called Waltman. Here is where we turned north on Arminto Road or Natrona Country Road 104. The railroad crossing is on the south side of Arminto. There are no signs, but nothing else is around there.

Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, WyomingThe above modular home appears to be the only lived-in dwelling place. The old gas pump below is at the other end of this home's property.

Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, Wyoming
Arminto, WyomingAfter our tour of Arminto, we continued our drive north.

Arminto, WyomingJust after the pavement turns to gravel, we found the information kiosk below which indicates that this is the geographical center of Wyoming. This may be the case, but my trusty Wyoming Road and Recreational Atlas (with 80 big pages of maps) states that it is around 25 miles southwest of here and less than five miles northwest of Castle Gardens in Fremont County.

What causes me to doubt the map on this kiosk is that it places the "you are here" north of Arminto rather than south. Here is the satellite image of Arminto being at the junction of CR-104 and the railroad.

Our new profile picture was taken in front of this kiosk.

Arminto, WyomingJust north of Arminto, the road name changes to Buffalo Creek Road or County Road 105.



Below is the junction of CR-105 (which heads northeast) and CR-109 or Bighorn Mountain Road (which heads northwest). We took CR-109 into the foothills.

At the South Fork of Buffalo Creek (which runs over the road), we stopped to have our picnic lunch.







After eating, we headed home. This is one of the views of the valley where we had been earlier in the day:

With time to kill before our respite from Grandma was over, we stopped in Wind River Canyon and took these shots.

Wind River Canyon, Wyoming




There are two butterflies in this shot. The one on the left has its wings closed.

7 comments:

Joy said...

love the new pics! the old house is super cool! love you!

Joy said...

oh, and the cow one is my favorite!

Joy said...

so i'm looking again to see if there is anything new... guess not... so what are you going to do now that you're not in thermop? "The Holland Blogger???"

Anonymous said...

I am taking a trip to Thermopolis for the first time and have really enjoyed your photos. As a Denver area resident, the farthest I have been in wy is Cheyenne.

Anonymous said...

I like this site^-^

Anonymous said...

love the pics of arminto my bro stop here in 2009 we have ties to arminto in that in the 1940s my parents lived there,, the hotel that was also a post office before it burned down in the 80s? was on historice reg ,, it was a sideing for the railroad,, a transfer spot for sheep and cattle,, dad was a pumper for the steam train s there mom he and my older brother may have lived in one of those log cabins still standing,,, they did live in the section houses(converted box cars) at the bottem of the hill from the remains of the old hotel,,, we have some old pics of when they lived there dad lost his job to the new deisel trains in late 40s ,,a lot of history ,, in that place,hotel i beleive was originally moved there from woten not sure of name of town,, ,

Anonymous said...

I liked Arminto so much I bought the nicest log cabin in town. It will be a great place to live in th spring, summer and fall. Stop by and say Hello.