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Featured City Friday: Kemmerer & Mountain View, WY

Featured City Friday highlights fun and interesting features of our agents’ cities across the mountain west region. Now let’s explore two towns in southwestern Wyoming…

Kemmerer & Mountain View, WY

 
A beautiful view around the Kemmerer / Diamondville area (ranchflip.com).

The small town of Kemmerer, Wyoming is ironically also the largest in Lincoln County! Don’t let the population of just under 3,000 deter you; the town is full of rich history and exciting events! Kemmerer was founded as an “independent town” in 1897 by Patrick J. Quealy; who named it after his financial backer at the Kemmerer Coal Company, Mahlon S. Kemmerer. The original coal company went through a few name changes and trade deals, but the pit’s location remains in operation today, with an annual output of about 5 million tons of coal!

Just a 45 minute drive south via US-189 lies the town of Mountain View, Wyoming. Founded in 1891, Mountain View is a gateway to camping, fishing and hiking in the nearby Uinta Mountain Range. It also is near the town of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, home to the Fort Bridger Historic Site (more below). Mountain View has a population of just over 1,200, making it another small but exciting town in Wyoming. There are lots of fun places to see, yummy places to eat and comfortable places to stay in Mountain View. Check out the town next time you’re passing through – or better yet, plan a trip!

 
Unique Attractions
 

The “mother store” of JCPenney, founded in 1902 (TripAdvisor).

Kemmerer: The Original JCPenney

With 865 locations in 49 states and Puerto Rico, JCPenney is a department store icon. And it all began in the small Wyoming town of Kemmerer. James Cash Penney moved to Kemmerer in the early 1900s, where he opened the first JCPenney store on April 14, 1902. It took off quickly: by 1912, Penney had 34 stores in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1914, Penney moved the company headquarters to New York City to simplify buying, financing and transportation of goods. The “mother store” in Kemmerer still operates today! It’s a fully-functioning store with current merchandise as well as historical artifacts on display. While you’re in town, you can also check out the JCPenney homestead – the original home of James Cash Penney and his family.

Tourists explore the Fort Bridger Historic Site (travelwyoming.com).

Mountain View: Fort Bridger Historic Site

Just a ten minute drive from Mountain View is the Fort Bridger Historic Site, the original establishment of an emigrant supply stop along the Oregon Trail. Originally established by famous mountain man Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez in 1843, the fort was later obtained by the Church of Latter Day Saints in the early 1850s. By 1858, it had become a military outpost, and  functioned as such until it was declared a Wyoming Historical Landmark in 1933. Today, the site features several restored buildings from the military time period, a reconstructed trading post operated by Jim Bridger, and an impressive archaeological dig site. The onsite museum also contains several interesting artifacts from different time periods.

 
Festivals/Events
 

Kemmerer: Oyster Ridge Music Festival

Did you know? Wyoming’s largest free music festival is located in the beautiful town of Kemmerer! Hosted at the end of July since 1994, the Oyster Ridge Music Festival is always a big hit: over 5,000 people attended in 2017! Music-lovers stake out a blanket or a lawn chair with a cooler and enjoy the festival, which features artists of all genres from all over the country. There’s also delicious food and drinks to enjoy, making this music festival a fun event for the entire family.

The Oyster Ridge Music Festival attracts visitors from all across the region (visitusaparks.com).

Mountain View: Veteran’s Freedom Festival

The Veteran’s Freedom Festival in Mountain View is the largest veteran’s celebrating in the state, and is full of fun for the whole family! Hosted during the later part of August, the festival features a free breakfast, a car show, poker run, vendor and food booths, kids games, an air med helicopter, and more! All proceeds go to support local veterans, so be sure to check it out!

 

Spectators wait in line to check out the helicopter at the Veteran’s Freedom Festival! (uintacountyherald.com)

 
Top Restaurants
 

The interior of El Jalisciense in Kemmerer, WY (restaurantguru.com).

Kemmerer: El Jaliscience

Rated #1 on TripAdvisor, El Jaliscience is a popular place for both locals and tourists! Many even say it’s the best Mexican food in Wyoming! El Jaliscience serves up a variety of Mexican staples, including chips and salsa, chili rellenos, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, burritos and more. You’ll definitely want to give it a try the next time you’re in town!

 

You’ll find comfort food at Crazy Ate’s! (airbnb.com).

Mountain View: Crazy Ate Cafe & Steakhouse

Home to Wyoming’s largest cinnamon roll, Crazy Ate Cafe & Steakhouse is a must-eat in Mountain View! They have something for everyone here, including shrimp, crab, steak, roast beef, salads, chicken strips, and other homemade favorites. Their chicken fried steak was voted #2 in the state in 2016! Crazy Ate prides themselves on being locally owned and family oriented: the place is named in honor of the owner’s eight grandchildren, and the decor is based on their likes, sports and hobbies. You’ll feel right at home in this beloved hometown spot!

 

 
Our Kemmerer Agent:
 

Tamey Peternal

 

Tamey Peternal

 
Our Mountain View Agent:
 

Bridger Mackey
Bridger Mackey

Follow the link to TripAdvisor to find nearby hotels, airports and reviews in Kemmerer and Mountain View!

 

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