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Wyoming: 1940

Wyoming: 1940

March 1940. "Highway U.S. 30. Sweetwater County, Wyoming." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Middle of Nowhere

Years ago, on a motorcycle ride in eastern Oregon on US 395 between Burns and John Day, I found a similar spot. Stopped, looked around to make sure of a lack of fences, telephone or power poles, or any human structure. I took a picture and sent it to family overseas with the statement "This is the middle of nowhere."

The above picture really does qualify, better than the one I took.

Route 30

I rode US 30 for the first half of a cross-country motorcycle trip about 15 years ago. Although much of it is now Interstate, a lot remains secondary and just a joy to ride on.

I-80 now

Only a small sliver of U.S. 30 in the far western part of the county now.

Just West of Wamsutter

Location is just west of Wamsutter, Wyoming. The rocky high point on the right is Eagle Nest Butte.

Vanishing Point

Here is a visual definition of "vanishing point" if ever I saw one...

On a clear day you can see forever

Certainly looks like the middle of nowhere. Great spot to hitchhike if you have the time.

Running On Empty

It almost looks like the background of the cover of Jackson Browne's album.

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