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Encampment, Wyoming

Encampment Reviews

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Encampment, Wyoming Sep 01, 2015
Encampment is a small town of about 450 (unchanged since 2000) located along Wyoming Route 70 AKA The Battle Pass Scenic Byway) in Carbon County in Southern Wyoming near the border with Colorado. The town is in a beautiful setting and was established back around 1897 when copper was discovered in the area. Encampment (AKA Grand Encampment) quickly grew into a copper mining and smelting center and was named for the large encampment established by the mining companies. A 19 mile, steam powered, aerial tramway was built to get the ore from the mines to the smelters. At the time this was the largest aerial tramway in the world. Encampment is also home to the very nice Grand Encampment Museum which uses some creative displays, both inside and outside to denote the history of the town and the area, the pioneers, trappers, and miners in the area, the Indian tribes from the area, and much more. I really enjoyed my time in Encampment and met some nice people. Note also that wildlife is common in the area and frequently visit the town like the two deer in my photo. A couple of locals mentioned a recent visit by a Bull Elk walking down Main Street and how a Mountain Lion devoured one of their dogs.

Encampment has a decent little historic district with a few buildings of historic and/or architectural interest. There are four individual locations in Encampment listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Even though it is not on the register, I especially liked the Encampment Opera House.
Grand Encampment Opera House
Deer Visiting Town
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photo by: BASAIC