Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Exploring Acme, Wyoming One Fine Day
My exploring is greatly cut down without a vehicle of my own. I am working on that, but the process is a slow and expensive one. With a car again, I hope to soon take a much needed road trip, and take a long trip that I have been planning. Both should make for some good blog posts. Please take the time to check out some of my old blogs, for some thoughts on past day trips. If nothing else the pictures are good, if I do say so myself.
A few weeks ago found me in Acme, Wyoming with my parents. Just north out of Sheridan is this old coal mining town. Well the remains of the town. At one point there were 50-100 houses in the area. Some of the foundations can still be found. But the area seems to be mostly an area for exploring and target practice now.
Some of the homes were moved into Sheridan many years ago. On the way, if you look quickly you pass a small cemetery, to the right, just off the highway. I have always wanted to explore this cemetery. Mostly because there is no real road to the sight. Cemetery's are always interesting to roam around. Being in the middle of the day, or late at night.
Mount Hope Cemetary Big Horn, Wyoming
I am often surprised how quickly out of town, my cell phone is useless. Most of Acme seems to be a dead zone. In fact 80% of the journey between here and Billings is a dead zone with my phone anyway. Which could be bad in any winter storm or zombie attack. This surprises me because during the short 23 hour bus rides from Washington to Wyoming there are very few dead zones. Mostly in the hills. Although past experience has shown me that when you really really need a cell phone, you are just past any reception area.
Just past Acme on the other side of the road, is a very kool old church. It has recently turned into someones home, so taking pictures is now much harder to do. I have recently discovered the joys of taking pictures of old buildings, lately favoring barns and churches. In the past I really favored clouds and trees for some reason. Closer to Acme, I was amazed at how different the "pits" looked. I realize I have not been out that way for ten plus years, but they look completely different. Much more family friendly than the party and mudding zones I recall. For those of you not familiar with the pits, years ago several deep open mine sights were filled in with water. Game and Fish stalks the ponds with fish. And partying legend says the pits are over 100 feet deep. Back in the day, many a party was held in the area. Although I am still not sure why. I guess because it was in the middle of no were, and at that time much more out of the way. No houses were very close. In my high school days the local police knew that most of the rednecks partying at the pits had CB radios. The cops would announce on there radios that they were getting ready to check out the pits, and most of the partiers would scatter. The police never really had to leave the donut shops.
Below could be the greatest driveway ever. In the far left you can see Just a little bit of my great dad.
About a week after we took this trip there was an article in the Sheridan Press with a picture showing this bridge in it's glory days. Now I am not sure it would hold much at all. Not sure why I look like I need to take a dump in this picture.
Running into bones is always an encouraging sign. Although we did not see any wildlife beyond many turkeys getting fat before they disappear for the month of November. The entire area makes for some great hunting grounds.
Yet another great Wyoming sunset.