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 […]
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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 < Is Yellowstone National Park North America’s Pompeii? Probable Absaroka volcanic rock found on Beaver Divide near Riverton, 90 miles away. Have world politics discouraged your travels? Is Afghanistan causing the jitters? Do you Lysol odd-looking mail? Does your watch dial glow when near a co-traveller’s on-board luggage? Well, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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