“once the largest Jackalope ever”
In honor of Wyoming's most elusive animal, Douglas Wyoming has erected a statue of the hybrid creature. Why Douglas, you ask? The creator of the Jackalope, Douglas Herrick, lived in Casper Wyoming, but his hometown was Douglas. Herrick died at the age of 82 in January of 2003 after making hundreds of Jackalopes. He was such an influential figure in the forming of the legend of the west, the New York Times wrote an extended obituary. I recently received an email from a woman who dated Mr. Herrick, and in the last few years of his life, "...I asked him about his inspiration for the jackalope , and he said he got the idea from his grandfather who used to talk about it when Douglas was very young Douglas was a very good man and we miss him very much . I just wanted you to know how he got the idea for the jackalope." Just a reminder that the makers of legacies are flesh and blood people who have a direct influence on many peoples' lives. The statue sits in the city park, proudly looking over a nicly preserved downtown, circled by the errant skateboarder. At the city hall you can purchase Jackalope hunting liscenses, valid only on June 31, from midnight to 2 a.m.
The Jackalope was pretty cool, but the trains stole the show. Several authentic train cars to explore, including a dining & sleeping cars. The Chamber of Commerce is right there to answer any questions.
The jackalope is located off the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce. If you ask me, this is really the largest jackalope. It just doesn't sit atop a pedestal. They have lots of train cars that you can walk through as well. Got there on a Saturday, so I didn't have a chance to buy a hunting license. Guess I'll just have to hunt them on my own. Shhhh, I'm hunting jackwabbits.
Great spot for kids to run around and take pictures.
When we visited, it was midday and not a persona around so we even let our dogs off leash to run around!
Great quick stop.
Such a great stop! The jackalope was the reason we stopped, but the train museum, and especially the museum docent were true gems. Our kids had so much fun exploring the trains.
There are also clean bathrooms, a shaded picnic area and free jackalope hunting licenses 😉
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