Mike Jamison Travel Articles

 
August 2002 – Wyoming Ghost Towns – Wyoming, USA
August 2002 – Wyoming Ghost Towns – Wyoming, USA August 2002 – Wyoming Ghost Towns Fighting Fort Washakie’s South Fork Fire Northfork Fire crews load up at Fort Washakie last Saturday for a Dickinson Park ride. Thin white ash drifting like snow during a sweltering early July afternoon last week had many Riverton, Wyoming residents joking about a “Washakie Winter.” Humor aside, such comments […]
Is Yellowstone National Park North America’s Pompeii? – Wyoming, USA
Is Yellowstone National Park North America’s Pompeii? – Wyoming, USA December 2001 – Wyoming Ghost Towns
Heart Mountain, Wyoming – Wyoming, USA
Heart Mountain, Wyoming – Wyoming, USA November 2001 – Wyoming Ghost Towns By Mike Jamison World War II’s Japanese-American Relocation Camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming The Heart Mountain camp’s power plant. Early 20th Century Model-T tourists dubbed it the “Old Yellowstone Highway.” And for me, as with them, this solitary yet starkly beautiful route through the Rockies to Old Faithful has […]
So You Want to Mine Coal: Gebo, Wyoming – Gebo, Wyoming, USA
So You Want to Mine Coal: Gebo, Wyoming – Gebo, Wyoming, USA November 2001 – Wyoming Ghost Towns So You Want to Mine Coal: Gebo, Wyoming Gebo’s graveyard reveals the miners’ struggle. He was exploited, worked long dangerous hours underground; meager pay fed his family; social security didn’t exist; labor laws were practically non-existent – and a canary provided life insurance. Think of him when modern office […]
My Naughty Cruise Down Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats – Utah, USA
No cops, no lights, no rules: Mike Jamison sneaks his wife's car keys to make his speed demon dream come true.
October 2001 – Sweetwater, Part I – Wyoming Ghost Towns
Autumn Gold in the Sweetwater Mining District,Part I Head frame and main shaft building above one of many abandoned South Pass City area mines. Gold exists in two forms: material and spiritual. During Wyoming’s early years the former attracted miners westward in hopes of striking it rich. Today however, the towns these hardy folks established […]
Japan’s WW II Balloon Bombing of Western National Forests – Wyoming Ghost Towns
WW II’s Casper Army Air Field kept watch in Wyoming. An abandoned gunnery range tower still stands. Riverton, Wyoming September 11, 2001 and December 7, 1941: dates that will live in infamy. Like its 1940s counterpart the September World Trade Center and U.S. Pentagon terrorist bombings have jolted Americans into reality. As with the Japanese […]
Jeffrey City – Wyoming Ghost Towns
A Forgotten Communities Primer:Jeffrey City, Wyoming’s Post-Industrial Ghost Town A derelict Jeffrey City street corner. Mention the American West, and pretty soon talk turns to ghost towns. If you’ve never actually seen one its concept is familiar: You know, Festus and Matt ride into a deserted false-front main street, in a howling gale that blows […]
Mike Jamison: BootsnAll Photojournalist
Mike Jamison: BootsnAll Photojournalist Mike Jamison BootsnAll Photojournalist Mike models his Jamison-style hiking sticks, handy for roaming the abandoned towns of Wyoming. After three years of working and attending college full-time, Boots writer and photo dude Mike Jamison needed a break. Attaining a University of Wyoming sociology degree was nice, but in his heart wanderlust for the American West’s […]