This week’s number in the real world is numbers which are affixed to a house or building and are part of an address (e.g., 123 Main Street). Thank goodness for these numbers – it would be hard to meet up at a designated location without them. The number in this picture: 2327.
I chose this abandoned liquor store in an almost-abandoned town of Wyoming to illustrate street numbers because this building has an interesting story to tell. The story is one told many times before – the story of boom and bust.
This liquor store is in the town of Jeffrey City which is about in the middle of Wyoming.
According to the 2010 Census, there are 58 people still living in Jeffrey City. At one time thousands of people lived in Jeffrey City. This was when the uranium mine was open for business. In 1980, things were great – a new million dollar school gym was built. That’s the boom. Then in 1982, the mine was closed. That’s the bust. Within three years, over 95% of the town inhabitants had left. I guess even a well-stocked liquor store and a million-dollar gym couldn’t keep the people hanging around. As far as the 58 people who are still living in Jeffrey City — they can’t go to the liquor store which is closed, they can’t use the gym which is boarded up, and they don’t even get cell phone service! You have to drive about 50 miles to get service. On the other hand, there are lots of antelope and one really cool sign:
I’m sure the Top Hat Motel has lots of interesting stories to tell. Too bad I don’t know a one.
And too bad someone bought this cool sign! So the sign, like most of the residents, will be gone for good from Jeffrey City.
If you haven’t heard enough about Jeffrey City, go here:
I drive through Jeffrey City a few times a year. So if you want to meet me in Jeffrey City, let’s meet at 2327 Sweetwater Blvd. We’ll shoot the breeze, chew the fat, and talk a good line. Don’t forget to BYOB. And as always, don’t forget to make this week count!