This was United Flt. 409 DEN to SLC 1955
Dad and Mom took us 4 kids up here to picnic in the 1950's What a beautiful place...it was known to snow on the 4th of July, my brother's birthday. We were on a picnic on time and it snowed....yeeeehaaaa Wonderful Wyoming.
Thanks for sharing! Makes it so much more alive.
"R" Hill. Students put this there and upkeep it. In the 1950's after Christmas people would bring their Christmas trees up here and have a big bonfire. How fun. You could see it from all over town. This is on the south side of Rawlins
Great hike to top of this hill. If you turn and look west you can see the Golden Gate Bridge! Would you believe almost... you can almost see 300 miles to the Wasatch Range. There is nothing out there....well a lot of sagebrush...the continental divide is approximately 10 miles west. I mention I am from Rawlins Wyoming and the I get, "I was stranded for 3 days in Rawlins from a blizzard" yep!!!! Winter is brutal.
Old Union Pacific Railroad Station. I left and returned on the train from here to Omaha 12 times as a teenager. I was sent to a boarding school in Atchison, Kansas.
That is Elk Mountain with the snow on it to the east. That mountain was perfectly framed in the center of our kitchen window for the 15 years we lived there.
Looking north from I-80. Rawlins. the whole town is 2 miles east to west and maybe a mile and a half north to south. If you are traveling at 75 miles an hour on I-80 you pass by in about 90 seconds! Next city in any direction is 100 miles! We are talking about out in the middle of no man's land. Elevation approximately 6,780 ft. COLD in the winter...and windy...it is actually high(very high) desert! I grew up 15 years about an inch out of frame to the left. Went to St. Joe's Catholic church, tall building just right of center, for 15 years.
The convent where the nuns lived is to the right. They were the Sister's of Loretto from Denver Colorado. Huge black and white starched habits they wore..... I still shake...but good educations.
It wasn't the Old Rawlins Jail, it was the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Now called Frontier Prison. This is the Yard. The Rawlins jail was downtown at the police department. I lived in Rawlins from 1945 to 1961. Built from 1888 to opening in 1901. I remember a prison break and they found the escapees in our basement. Yikes. The original Central School was build of the same stone but they tore it down in the 1950's or '60's to make room for the Jeffery Center. What a shame. It was a beautiful old building. Would have made the historic register I am sure. I went to kindergarten in the old school.