Wyoming Work and Play

Today I complete my first broom here at the Territorial Prison.  Back in the 1890s, the good conduct prisoners produced brooms on an assembly line here.  The profit from the brooms helped support the prison and line the prison Lessee’s pockets (if he was lucky). 

I calculate the profit that might be generated on the broom I produced.  I figure the material probably costs less than $10.  When I add in my labor at the current broom maker market rate, my first broom would have to sell for $2,345,789.12 just to break even.

My First Broom, not perfect - but pricey!

Chugwater, Wyoming

On our way to Quebec-01 Missile Site, we blow into Chugwater for shakes at the soda fountain.

Even though we will be in Wyoming for a while, we find  ourselves racing to see the sights before more venues close.  Wyoming is closing many State Parks (not the Prison, thank goodness) for budget cuts.  We have only a short time to get to those before the summer closures.

We begin our race with a visit to the newest park, Quebec-01.  This Peacekeeper missile launch facility is remotely located near the town of Chugwater, home of hand-made milkshakes.

Wyoming Wanderings

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Wyoming Work and Play”

  1. jim Sandy dukeman says: Reply

    Would that missile squadron by chance be the Minute Man Missile? Command post looks like it might be but I am sure all the command posts look about the same. My group was in Missouri. Also I used to make a pretty mean milk shake when I worked in a restaurant as a kid. Boss gave me the devil for using so much ice cream but after he saw how many I sold during my duty time he let off. ;>) Thanks for the memories, get in to all the parks while you can. GOD BLESS
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      They told us that this was a Peacekeeper control site and the guide emphasized how very many more nuclear warheads were on this missile than were on the Minuteman. It was a LOT and very scary to think about. I bet you did sell a lot of milkshakes!! I thought of you the whole time we were touring the control site. I knew that you had served on a similar post back in the day. Could not remember that it was in Missouri. I pictured you in South Dakota. You guys be safe!

  2. Marcia Legates says: Reply

    Another great post! I love getting them in my mailbox. My thoughts are always with you, as I remember your husband fondly. He would be so proud of you. Stay strong, God bless, be well.
    Your Seaford fan,

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks so much Marcia – I love seeing your comments!

  3. I worked on computers similarly housed as those at one time, of course they were painted a lovely Navy gray and the missiles were Polaris/Posieden.

    Love your sense of adventure. Still unable to pry Terrie out of the house since all this Covid 19 thing started.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Well you know what Captain Ron always said – “If it’s gonna happen it’s gonna happen out there!” I want to be there when it does (happen)!! 🙂

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