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Kemmerer – A Hidden Gem in the Southwest Corner of Wyoming -Todd’s Big Adventure [PICTURES]

Fossil Butte National Monument near Kemmerer, Wyoming
Todd Harding, TSM
Mother Store for J.C. Penny Company in Kemmerer, Wyoming
Jenny Harding, For TSM

Kemmerer started as a coal town in 1897. It also happens to be the birthplace of the J.C. Penny Company and the Fish Fossil Capitol of the World. My wife and I recently visited the small mining town in the southwest corner of Wyoming and found out that it was so much more than that.

Going Up Country in Bridger National Forest
Todd Harding, TSM

Kemmerer is located near one of the major cutoffs of the Oregon Trail, which we got to see.  It is also the gateway to the beautiful Bridger National Forest, which was stunning and Fossil Butte National Monument where billions and billions of fish fossils have been preserved in stone. We had the opportunity to dig for fossils at a private quarry.

Kemmerer has amazing big game hunting, including pronghorn, deer, elk, and moose. It is an incredible place to fish, There is hiking, snowshoeing, and cross  country skiing, not to mention 4-wheeling, which we did plenty of while we were there. One of the best parts about Kemmerer is that it is only 5 1/2 hours away from Fort Collins.

This is the 1st in a series of blogs about Kemmerer that I am calling “Todd’s Big Adventure. My wife Jenny and I took a ton of pictures. Enjoy.

Kemmerer - Home of J.C. Penny

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