Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wyoming Territorial Prison State Park

His name was Butch Cassidy and he was a "guest" of the Wyoming State Territorial Prison in Laramie, Wyoming.  Billy "the kid" was also a frequent guest of the less than comfortable establishment.

Today, the prison is one of the best history lessons the State Park system has to offer.  The restoration and conversion into a first class museum, gives visitors a unique glimpse into prison life in the late 1800s. 

This Park is a must-see if you're in the Laramie area.  Admission fee is $5.00.  You can run through quickly or spend a couple of hours, as I did, reading about how the prison offset costs through the manufacture and sale of straw brooms.  The broom factory is still there and you can even buy a broom made there in the gift store. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wyoming- Cheyenne Frontier Days

Each year, thousands of rodeo fans from around the country gather in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the largest, longest running rodeo in the world.  114 years to be exact.  Named the "Daddy of 'em all", Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 12 day event complete with an opening day parade, Indian village, museum, crafts fair, and of course the rodeo.  Here are a few photos from this year's event.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Castlewood S.P.

Colorado has 42 State Parks within it's borders, containing just about every type of terrain. From alpine forests to desert sand dunes, wild rivers to rocky canyons, each park has its own personality. A walk through any of these parks is a treat, but for a photographer, the reward is even greater.

Castlewood Canyon S.P. is located about 50 miles south of Denver near the small town of Franktown. As a State Park goes, Castlewood offers a wide range of shooting locations. Rocky canyons dominate the East end of the park with the river bed, the main attraction of the West end. Wherever you look there are new things to see and photograph. Wild life can be seen in the mornings and late afternoons including deer, rabbits, and birds of all types and sizes. If you're in the area, stop in and explore for yourself. Remember, there are two entrances to the park and each one has it's own appeal. Check 'em both out.