Saturday – September 23rd
Got up early and rode 60 miles north to Cheyenne Wyo. where we stopped and prepared breakfast. Saw two weird coyotes on the prairie. Traveled thru sparsely settled and barren country all day. Passed thru only three towns over 3000 people. Stopped at a station and watched some cowboys drive some cattle in the stock yards. Camped about 6 p.m. in ranchman’s yard. Was pretty cold and the coyotes howled most all night on all sides. Wanted to charge Mitch 50 cents for enough hay to make a pillow.
I’m not sure where they stopped so a two day total is on the next day’s mileage.
From Loveland (which is south of Ft Collins) to Cheyenne, they traveled the National Park to Park Highway. It followed a large loop through the West, connecting the twelve major US national parks:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Crater Lake National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- General Grant National Park (now part of Kings Canyon)
- Sequoia National Park
- Zion National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
Sunday – September 24th
We were up and going by 6 o’clock. Country was very desolate looking. Nothing but purple sage growing. A coal mine occasionally. Rock River only town of over two hundred people. Hills have a peculiar red, russet and gray colors. The work of erosion has made them resemble all kinds of being and objects. Most of them level on top. Camped at Green River on banks of Green River which is very beautiful. High cliffs in background and trees and stream makes place beautiful. Water in river is clear and green. Tourist camp – one tourist went up on side of cliff and played violin. Very pretty.
Approximate 2 day mileage 335 miles.
After leaving Cheyenne, they traveled the Lincoln Highway (now Hwy 30). The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental improved highway for automobiles across the United States of America. It went from New York to San Francisco and was dedicated in October 1913.
They went through both Rock River and Rock Springs. Since Rock Springs seems to be larger, I think they may have confused Rock River with Rock Springs.
Lincoln Highway Resources
- James Lin Page
- Lincoln Highway Association
- Lincoln Highway Heritage Organization
- Lincoln Highway Facebook Group