Encampment, WY
Pop. 443 Elev. 7,323

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Encampment was named, like the nearby river, for being the site of Indian camps during hunting season. In the early 1800s, trappers and traders joined the Native Americans. The rendezvous site was officially called the Grand Encampment. The town developed in 1898 when copper was discovered and mined here. A sixteen-mile tramway, the longest in the world, was built to convey the ore to the smelter. The mine played out ten years later, and the community turned to ranching and logging. Now locals invite tourism, as the scenic mountains above draw those who crave the quiet life. Many of the early buildings have been restored, and provide a glimpse of the old mining days. Judge Charles E. Winter, author of the lyrics for the state song, "Wyoming," was from Encampment.

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