|Location: Saratoga, WY, 20.5 miles S of I-80 on WY-130|
|GPS: 41d 27m 17s -106d 48m 28s|
|Map / Satellite Image: Google Link|
Although it is not quite (yet) Taos, Jerome, or Aspen, Saratoga already has a few of the boutiques, galleries, and “tablecloth” restaurants that point in that inevitable direction. And so it goes. In addition to outdoor adventures, Kathy and Doug Campbell’s Wolf Hotel (1893), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is eminently worthy of a visit while you are in town.
Unlike other Wyoming places where we made inquiry, here Annie Proulx is quite a celebrity. Locals know her books and stories, remember the times and places they have encountered her, and evidence conspicuous pride that their home is now her chosen home. In this spirit, the community constructed a Saratoga “Writers Park” on the south side of Bridge Street, just west of WY-130. A free-standing park sign prominently features this excerpt from “A Lonely Coast,” one of the Wyoming stories in Close Range, which, though written about Casper, could easily describe Saratoga: “You come down a grade and all at once the shining town lies below you, slung out like all western towns, and with the curved bulk of mountain behind it.”
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Revised 07 June 2011