Down a block around the corner is this building:
|Not a library|
The fellow out front is Nate Champion, one of the casualties of the Johnson County Range War. He is apparently something of a local hero for standing up to the cattle barons. He ended up getting pinned down in a log cabin by about 50 hired guns. He held them off for about eight hours, delaying them long enough for the local residents to arm themselves and fight back. In the end, his attackers set fire to the cabin and the statue depicts the moment that he made his final run, cutting out the back door of the cabin with guns blazing. The statute does not depict the fact that 10 seconds later he was bleeding from 28 bullet holes. If you want to learn more about the Johnson County War, you can check out the wikipedia article here.
The next day we decided to take a scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains. We got up fairly
early and drove up to Sheridan where we spent about an hour and a half eating breakfast. Well, actually we spent about 15 min. eating breakfast and an hour and 15 min. waiting for breakfast. Service was a little slow. On the bright side, when we got out, this was sitting in front of the restaurant. I have no idea what it is exactly but it looked like a reasonably cool vehicle.
We continued down to Greybull and then turned south to Worland where we turned east on Highway 16 headed back to Buffalo over the southern part of the Bighorn range. The section of mountains between these two highways, the Cloud Peak Wilderness, is much higher and stands right in the way of interstate 90, which is why that road goes off around the north to Billings, MT. Tourists from the East headed for Yellowstone can save themselves from going 150 miles out of their way by taking either Highway 14 or Highway 16 to get over the big horns. Highway 14 is much steeper on the Western slope, so when we leave Buffalo we will be taking 16 across even though it is a slightly longer route.
|Along Hwy 14|
|Fallen City rock formation|