We took the suggested scenic route around the Red Desert. There was some hilly areas around valleys, a lot of FLAT plains, a few ranches, fewer farms. Lots of wide open spaces.
We passed the first oil well drilled in WY in 1884 near Hudson, and I saw markings on the map that are the Washakie Trail. I was curious about this & looked it up. Chief Washakie had a very interesting life as I saw here.
He had many names during his life and several religious affiliations (Mormon & Episcopalian) and a long life, living to 102 even though his date of birth date was questionable. He was the first known Native American to receive a full military burial.
No place to stop for lunch until almost Casper, at "G-Ma's
" in Mills. It had become chilly & it was a long drive and they had yummy comfort food. Then we pulled into Casper, crossed the Platt River and found our Fort Casper Campground which was full. Thank goodness I had called & reserved. Then we visited the Elks Lodge for dinner, drinks and fun people. The 25yr old E.R., Nate, suggested that we look up the 26 yr old E.R. in Gillette whose name is John Wayne III.
The city is full of history with Fort Casper and Old Platte River Bridge 1858-59. Also the site of Mormon Ferry which was built by Brigham young and used by Mormons in 1847.
Along our route we went through Riverton known as the Rendevous City and you can read about it here.