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Lost Springs

US Hwy 18/20, Lost Springs, Wyoming 82229 USA

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“Smallest city in america?”

Lost Springs was first inhabited in the 1880s, when it received its name from railroad workers who could not find the springs shown on survey maps of the area. The town was incorporated in 1911, and it originally had 200 residents, most of whom worked at the nearby Rosin coal mine. After the coal mine closed around 1930, the population of Lost Springs steadily declined. By 1960, the population of the town had dropped to five. In 1976, both the state of Wyoming and the U.S. Bicentennial Commission designated Lost Springs as the smallest incorporated town in America; its population was then eleven. In 1983, Lost Springs became involved in a court battle with the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. The railroad, which ran adjacent to the town, attempted to seize 5.2 acres (2.1 ha) of land to build a 22-foot (6.7 m) railway embankment. Lost Springs Mayor Leda Price alleged that the embankment, which would lie between the town and U.S. Highways 18 and 20, would separate the town from traffic on the highway. A Wyoming district judge ruled in the town's favor, and the railroad ultimately agreed to build an unobstructing track bed and use its own land for track.

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Reviewed by
pjudson

  • 15 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
July 02, 2014

Don't blink or you will miss it! There are restrooms!

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Reviewed by
Cameysoap

  • 20 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 06, 2017
Rated 2.0

I have to say... it's cool to see a town (across tracks) where a warm body is keeping the towns lights on. That being said, 'Population One' must have convinced some friends to move to Lost Springs, or the meet a lovely partner and started a family. The population is now 4!

1 person found this review helpful

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roadtripper179780

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 02, 2021
Rated 1.0

LIES!!! This place has a population of 4 listed on the sign. This was a HUGE let down. Less than 1 star isn’t possible, or else I would do that.

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Reviewed by
smb4x4

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 29, 2021
Rated 3.0

The signs says population of 4 so they have added some new residents.

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Reviewed by
joebrad72

  • 13 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
April 17, 2018
Rated 3.0

LOL, they have a bar and a post office! Right off the road, don't miss it!

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Reviewed by
Desmand13

  • 9 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
January 19, 2018
Rated 5.0

Just a cool little stop! Population of four (4) now so watch out! Just a nice break to get out of car. Do it, do it!

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soldiergrrl00

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 25, 2015

Have not been there, but it is no longer a population of 1...it has increased to 4!

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Lost Springs

US Hwy 18/20
Lost Springs, Wyoming
82229 USA

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