Atlantic City, Wyo. – Have you been here? Do you have great memories of your time here? Will you share those memories?
This is a call for submissions of “life in Atlantic” stories for a coffee-table book to be published on the 150th anniversary of Atlantic City, Wyoming, in 2018. Storytellers—including poets, songsters, artists, and photographers—are invited to submit their reminiscences of what makes Atlantic City special.
Whether you lived here, visited, or simply passed through, consider sharing your memories for this tiny town’s sesquicentennial anniversary book. If you have family stories, letters, or photographs that reach back to any period since the settlement’s early years please share them.
Born out of an 1868 gold rush, the town survives almost in spite of itself at 7,655’ on the southeastern heel of the mighty Wind River Range. About 25 hardy souls live in the town year-round. Scores of others enjoy weekend and summer cabins. Hunters, fishers, and most other types of outdoor folks flock here. Cattle and tourists roam the dirt streets.
On the last morning of a three-day stay in 2008 an Illinois visitor said, “I’ve got the residents of Atlantic City figured out. Everyone who lives here is running away from something.” Contemporary residents rather believe we have run to something.
Several folks have already promised essays. One will be based on letters written by a German immigrant who owned a saloon in Atlantic City in 1870. A descendent of that bar keeper translated the letters and has also agreed to submit copies of the letters for inclusion in the book. Another shared a life-changing story of his three-week stay at the Carpenter Hotel in 1957 when he was 19 years old. He had asked “Where do I take a bath?” Miss Ellen Carpenter pointed and replied, “In the creek.” He recalls those being the coldest baths of his life.
We welcome your photos, drawings, paintings and stories, recollections and impressions, long or short, typed or handwritten. If you prefer to tell your story, call and we’ll arrange to record you. We’re early in the planning for this exciting project, but if we obtain enough taped oral histories we would consider including a compact disk of those recordings along with the book.
Contact Bob Townsend, lifelong Wyomingite and nine year Atlantican, at (307) 714-0100 or inthewind (at) wyoming (dot) com for details.
The book is sponsored by the Atlantic City Historical Society.
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