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Atlantic City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Local Colour

 
 
Local Colour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, June 3, 2019
1. Local Colour Marker
Inscription.  In 1880, the population of Miner's Delight was 45, down from its peak of around 100. One of the residents who remained through the 1880's was territorial congressman James Kime. Kime, who settled here in 1869, is credited as being Miner's Delight's longest permanent resident. Over the years, he ran a freighting operation, served as postmaster, owned a store, saloon and hotel, and eventually ended up aquiring shares in the Miner's Delight mine. Kime became a state senator in 1892.

Here's a description of Kime's victory party in Miner's Delight, as written by a correspondent for the Fremont Clipper newspaper:

"On reaching the divide overlooking the once and soon to be again, famous mining camp, the brilliantly lighted buildings told us too well of the joy and mirth within the walls of that old time land mark- the Kime saloon.
We were met and welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. Kime, our team cared for by the obliging hostler and a sumptuous supper enjoyed, as only those who have faced the blinding storm and bracing mountain air can rightfully appreciate.

Cocktail Jimmy
Kime earned this unfortunate nickname

Assumed former saloon on the right image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, June 3, 2019
2. Assumed former saloon on the right
Archaeological excavations discovered discarded bottles around this structure so it’s likely it was the town saloon. The marker is mounted on the front
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when, after a night of carousing with other legislators, he missed a crucial vote in the Senate - one that would have made Lander (and not Laramie) the home of the state agricultural college.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 42° 31.993′ N, 108° 40.862′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Fort Stambaugh Loop. Mounted on the front of one of the (assumed) former saloon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miner’s Delight (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miners Delight: The Boom’s Broken Promises (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Stambaugh, 1870-1878 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 4 miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 4 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 4.1 miles away); Red Canyon (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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