Roads Through Wyoming: I-80 - TravelStorys

Roads Through Wyoming: I-80

Location Trip Time Travel Type
Wyoming 5 hours

Crossing Southern Wyoming


Author and historian, Sam Lightner, guides you across the state of Wyoming on 401 miles of Interstate 80, slicing through the southern section of the state.

About This Tour

Come along with your guide, Sam Lightner, Jr., as he takes you across one of the most historically interesting regions of the United States.

To many, the drive across southern Wyoming seems daunting, if not down-right scary. Summers in the high desert hit triple digits on many days, and winter storms can drop two feet of snow with temperatures well below zero. There is also, always, the indomitable wind: Wyoming has more hurricane-force wind days per year than the entire state of Florida, and blown over semis and 20 foot deep snow drifts are as common as sunny days.

But this formidable drive is also the home of many American legends. Your route across southern Wyoming is in part the route nearly half a million Americans took across the country by wagon in the mid 19th century. It follows the Overland Stage Line, the Pony Express mail service, and passes the Hell-on-Wheels towns of the Union Pacific Railroad. Along this highway Butch Cassidy and friends blew up rail cars, Jim Bridger and the mountain men gathered for their annual Rendezvous, and Brigham Young's Mormons began a civil war with the United States to thwart religious persecution. Prior to all of that, for millennia upon millennia the Shoshone, Cheyenne, Ute and Arapaho followed herds of millions of bison across this route.

Sam grew up in Wyoming and lived most of his adult life here. This rich history became part of his life early on, and he had the honor and privilege of writing numerous books on the subject. We hopes the tales in this Travelstorys tour will entertain you as much as they have Sam through the years.

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