Okie Beach County Park
On our way out of Curt Gowdy State Park we wanted to stop by the giant Lincoln Head we could see when we took the exit on 323 off I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Lincoln's head was built by Wyoming's Parks Commission to honor Lincoln's 150th birthday. It was sculpted by Robert Russin, an artist and a Lincoln fan (When he died in 2007, his ashes were interred in the hollow monument). But why is Lincoln in Wyoming? It's because the head originally stood alongside the highest point of the old coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway, at Sherman Summit, 8,878 feet above sea level. When I-80 was completed in 1969, the head was moved here -- losing a couple of hundred feet. The bronze head weighs over two tons and is 13.5 feet tall. It's perched atop a 30-foot granite pedestal, ensuring that it can be seen from quite a distance. For travelers, the Lincoln head is an easy stop at the Summit Rest Area and Visitor Center. It is said that he stares toward the rebellious South.
I learned a lot about the highway and the Boy Scout Markers. Not sure if there are any left?
Jim and Barb. We drove through Medicine Bow but there wasn't much to it. A small visitor center in the old train depot and The Virginian, an old historic hotel across the street.
It looks very interesting on the outside but the reviews for years back are horrible.
Some color and scenic in its own way, but mostly flat and lots of sage scrub.
As we head to the far NE corner of Wyoming it gets a little more hilly.
Alcova Reservoir is very pretty and has many private and BLM run campgrounds around it.
We forgot to drop off our payment so we stopped into the town of Gillette to drop it off at their field office since we were driving through.
The Platte River rolls in and out of town.
View out of our bedroom window. Boy w, as it cold and windy here!
As we drove off I got a text from my friend Tina, with a link to Arizona State Parks. I didn't pay close attention at first then noticed the picture. It was our rig at River's Island State Park from last year! How cool is that?!
Yep, that's us! I guess we're famous in Arizona now :-)