Pop. 5,288 Elev. 4,815

Hometown of the Jackalope, and the county seat of Converse County, Douglas was named for Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s famous opponent. Once a railroad tent town, Douglas prospered in true renegade fashion (there were 21 saloons) until Casper became the end of the line, and the community settled into a peaceful rural existence. Like so many other Wyoming towns, though, this would not be the only boom and bust cycle. Through the years, the discovery of coal, oil, natural gas, and even uranium brought prosperity and disappointment to the community’s fortunes. Today, the town relies mostly on energy and ranching concerns, but welcomes tourism with a number of historic sites, services, and amenities.
Copyright © 2018 New Times Media Corporation - All Rights Reserved