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Description - Guernsey State Park, located along the North Platte River, features one of the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. The park has long been
known as a haven for boating, camping, hiking and picnicking, but its real treasure may lie in the wonderful CCC work that can be seen throughout the park. CCC projects in the park include hiking trails, roads, bridges, buildings (including the Castle, Brimmer Point and the Museum) and even a 9 hole golf course (which was abandoned in the early 1940s). A dam was built between 1925 and 1927 by the Bureau of Reclamation's to create Lake Guernsey. Although its waters serve primarily for irrigation purposes, they are also used by area residents and visitors alike for summer swimming, boating and fishing. The dam itself is an earthen structure with a height of 105 feet and a length of 560 feet. The original reservoir held 74,000 acre feet of water and had a surface of 2,045 acres. The power generating plant has an output of 4,800 kilowatts. Guernsey State Park was created when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) went to work in 1933. The CCC's workers completed approximately 85% of the planned project before they were disbanded in 1936. Visitors can now enjoy the fruits of these labors, most especially with the Guernsey museum. The museum is located on a high cliff, overlooking the water. The building itself, made of hand hewn timbers and hand forged iron, has been called one of the finest examples of CCC building and architecture in the United States. The roof is framed with the timbers and covered with split cedar shakes, and the floors were formed by pieces of smooth flagstone quarried at Thermopolis, WY. The museum offers several displays that were planned by John C. Ewers, then of the National Park Service. Ewers later became the Senior Ethnologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The theme that Ewers used with his displays was "How man has attempted to adapt himself to the natural environment in the Guernsey area from prehistoric times to the present." Other buildings in the park, fashioned in a similar style to that of the museum, include the castle with its giant fireplace and winding steps to an observation area, and several picnic shelters.

Attractions - Guernsey State Park, located along the North Platte River, is filled with many wonders. Sandstone cliffs overlooking cooling water-filled canyons, hiking trails, birdwatching, and photo
opportunities abound. Most of the park roads are paved, though some are just gaveled, so it is advised to ask about specific information regarding roads and campground availability at the entrance fee gates. The park's area consists of high hills with generous stands of pine and juniper trees. The soil varies from large sandstone cliffs to sandy beaches and prairie areas. The grass ranges from the sparse to heavy stands of grass and sagebrush, depending on the soil. The scenic hills are part of the Hartville Uplift, forming one of the most attractive areas in the southeastern corner of Wyoming.

Recreation - Recreational activities in the park include camping, fishing, boating, hiking, birdwatching, swimming, viewing of interpretative displays, picnicking, photography and wildlife viewing.

Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - Guernsey State Park is located east off I-25, 15 miles on Highway 26, then north on Highway 317, approximately 1-1/2 miles to the entrance. Located one mile northwest of the town Guernsey along the North Platte River.

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Filed By: Dee Iverson (Roundup, MT)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place for camping boating and enjoying history. Seeing the Castle is a must. Read more about the park on my blog at www.qualityquickwritingservices.com

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Guernsey State Park, P.O. Box 429 , Guernsey, WY, 82214, Phone: 307-836-2334

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