Jackalope Heaven – Douglas, Wyoming

Large Jackalope - Douglas, WY
Large Jackalope – Douglas, WY Railroad Museum

Douglas, Wyoming claims to be the “Official Home of the Jackalope.”  Throughout the west one can find jackalopes in shops and statues of them.  They even have a Jackalope Days in June.

Jackalope Crossing
Jackalope Crossing

According to legendsofamerica.com, “The jackalope is said to be an antlered species of rabbit, sometimes rumored to be extinct. One of the rarest animals in the world, it is a cross etween a now extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer rabbit. The antlered species of rabbit are brownish in color, weigh between three and five pounds and move with lighting speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Wyoming Jackalope
Wyoming Jackalope

Apparently the first jackalope was spotted in 1829 near the area of Douglas by explorer John Colter, one of the first white men to venture into what would later become the State of Wyoming.  He was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Colter was also the first known man of European descent to enter into what is now known as Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

Giant Jackalope Statue in Douglas, WY
Giant Jackalope Statue in Douglas, WY

Many believe that the jackalope is really nothing more than a gimmick concocted by a certain Douglas Herrick and his brother Ralph.  In 1939 they were on a hunting trip and returned with a dead jack rabbit.  Ralph threw the rabbit on the floor and it slid right up against a pair of deer antlers. Ralph noted that it looked like a rabbit with horns on it.  Douglas, who was a taxidermist, decided to mount it.  Since that time hundreds have been made and can be seen in shops, taverns and other places, mainly in the western US.  There are post cards in almost every Western state.

Jackalope in Douglas
Jackalope in Douglas

The town of Douglas has four or five large statues, including the 8 foot tall one at the train museum. Besides the Jackalope Days event, the City of Douglas issues Jackalope hunting licenses, but, apparently, you can only get a license if you have an IQ of less than 72 and you can only hunt between midnight and 2 AM on June 31st.

Colorful Jackalope
Colorful Jackalope

Douglas, Wyoming – Jackalope Capital of the World


Screaming Heads and Midlothian Castle – Ontario

Just about 4 years ago I took a drive through Algonquin National Park in Ontario.  On the trip we also headed west into Burk’s Falls to visit the famed “Screaming Heads” and Midlothian Castle.  This was a fascinating trip.

This entire project was begun by school teacher and artist Peter Camani.  He is a Secondary School teacher, but has also spent over 25 years constructing Monolith-like sculptures in the shape of giant heads, which are scattered throughout the property. A two-headed dragon sits atop the chimney of his Midlothian Castle and he has a version of the See/Say/Hear No Evils greet visitors. There are more than a hundred “screaming head” sculptures, each one at least 20 feet in height. According to Wikipedia, Camani says he “built his otherworldly creations as a warning about environmental degradation. With his paintings already hanging in such coveted places as the Vatican and Buckingham Palace,he decided to focus his energy on realizing a vision of significantly larger proportions.”

Without further explanation, here is a smattering of some of the photos I took while visiting back there in late September, 2008.

Speak No Evil
Thinking Head
Cement Tree Forest
Giant Hand
Screaming Heads from Afar
Spooky Tooth
Screaming Heads
Midlothian Castle
More Screaming Heads
Hidden Head
Screaming Heads Convention
Screaming Trees
Screaming Crowd

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Lost Springs, Wyoming: Population 1

Lost Springs, WY Population 1

In September 2007 Solomon and I made our way to Lost Springs, Wyoming. We made our way south on I-25 until we got to Exit 126, where we would then head east on US 18/20.  Along the way we came to the sprawling metropolis of Lost Springs, WY.  According to a Wikipedia article, Lost Springs is one of only five towns in the United States that are officially registered in the census to have only one (1) person. The others are Hibbert’s Gore, ME, Erving’s Location, NH, New Amsterdam, IN and Monowi, NE.  Apparently, in 2009 the population had increased to 4.

Welcome to Lost Springs

The photo above shows the sign one sees as they enter town.  What is not seen is on the other side of the tracks.  I would be amazed if only one person was keeping this up!!  We drove into the town and took a couple of other shots.  The church says there are three people in town, which I found attested to on this site.  Apparently Art Stringham and his brother run the Lost Springs store and Leda Price runs the Bar.  Leda is also the Mayor of the town.

Lost Springs Church Sign – Population 3
Here is the Post Office of Lost Springs

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Lost Springs, Wyoming