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Fremont County's only dry cleaner has closed; No replacement in sight

Fremont County's only dry cleaner has closed; No replacement in sight

American Dry Cleaners has closed up shop in both Lander and Riverton, leaving Fremont County without a dry cleaning service for the first time in nearly a century. Local historian Jean Mathisen Haugen said the first dry cleaners in Lander opened "around 1915-16" in the location where Eagle Uniform is now located at North 5th and Main in Lander. That location was also the site for Lander's first indoor swimming pool, she said. Current American Dry Cleaners owner Jess Hinkle had not responded to a request for comment by mid-day Thursday. According to the business's web-site, the Hinkle family has owned the dry cleaning service "for several generations." The business was originally opened by Joe and Alys Hinkle. According to store personnel contacted this morning, the laundrymats in both Lander and Riverton will remain open, as well Eagle Linen Supply. Only the dry cleaning business is closing. American's Laundrymat in Lander is at 175 North 5th and in Riverton it is located at 900 Webbwood Road. The closing will also impact residents of Dubois where a drop-off location for American Dry Cleaners was located. The closing of the dry cleaning business came as a surprise. Former Riverton Dry Cleaners owner Kelly Albright said she closed her dry cleaning business on East Pershing two years ago, "for the simple fact that people don't want to work. I loved it, but I also have another full-time job." Albright has a Certified Public Accounting firm in Riverton. The laundromat on Pershing remains open. Albright also said that she will start an ironing service to help take up the slack for people needing pressed clothes. Daisy Cleaners on South 3rd East at Washington had closed earlier than Albright's. That location is now CATS-the Center for Arts and Technology Children's Museum. In the mid to late 60's Lander lost its other dry cleaner when Racy's Cleaners closed in the 300 block of Main Street. Riverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Davis said he became aware of the closing only today when he was having a conversation with a local banker. "I guess the possibility exists that we could get a drop-off service here from another out-of-town dry cleaners, but I don't know," he said. "I'll have to take it to my board in January and see if they want to do anything." #county10 #news