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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Uncertain, TX, a small village on the side of Caddo Lake in eastern Texas bordering Louisiana. This is the home of the largest natural fresh water lake in Texas and is also home to a huge swamp…yes, gators and pelicans and swamp things, oh my…
Uncertain derives its name from surveyors who were attempting to delineate the border between Texas and Louisiana and discovered that they were “uncertain” as to which side of the line they were on as they began surveying that particular part of Caddo Lake. I can imagine why this is. The swamp always changes.
I got to Uncertain on a cool February morning in 2010. Fisherman were readying their boats to head to the swamp…all bundled in warm clothes. The village was quiet, only the sound of birds in the air. So, I drove around, got a few photos and enjoyed the beauty of the swamp on a brisk, early morning…
After seeing the unlikely name of a church….A Church of Uncertain…I was hooked into this place.
The swamp is quite serene and beautiful. Here are three photos I took of the swamp.