Tour around South Pass City State Historic Site by foot. Then explore the abandoned mines by bike. Eat a steak dinner at the Mercantile in Atlantic City, another historic mining town. Hold on to your hat, you just had a perfect Wyoming day!
This year was the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Wyoming guaranteed women the right to vote a full 50 years before women in the rest of the U.S. were granted the right. The author of the bill, W.H. Bright was from South Pass City, WY. Another first — the first woman justice of the peace in the world, Esther Morris, was also in Wyoming, her home is pictured below.
Esther Morris’ Home
I never go for a walk without my bike.
Looking back toward Oregon Buttes. The year before we circumnavigated the Buttes, an amazing ride!
Part of the route is on the Continental Divide Trail.
B & H Mine near South Pass City
The inside of the mine
Riding the trail.
Along the trail.
We were cautioned that the loop trail that we were trying to follow was not maintained but since we are seasoned bush-whackers we thought we’d give it a go. We followed the archeological signposts on trees but the trail got more faint. We pushed our bikes through this trail in the boulder field but eventually we had to turn around and retrace our steps.
Over a fence.
Unexpected shade and nice two track down to the creek where we dipped our feet.
An unexpected gem – a spring fed creek in the middle of the high desert.
In the stream!
Check out the trails map from the Friends of South Pass City for more info.