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 Tiny but Tall...

 Tiny but Tall...

BUFORD, WYOMING is located on the Interstate 80 near Sherman summit just east of Laramie, and at elevation 8000 feet it's the highest town on the Lincoln Highway between San Francisco and New York. This solitary trading post was named for a Civil War Army general, and a sign boasts its extremes: citing a minimal population of ONE and yet located at the HIGHEST point on I-80.

That's a lot of notoriety for such an isolated town, so those who stop to shop here form a temporary "crowd."

Buford Trading Post

Buford Trading Post

Railroad fans are familiar with Sherman Summit, the high point of the First Transcontinental Railroad, that's located nearby. And while the original tracks have been relocated and regraded, the name identifies the high point of each transportation artery that cross the real "continental divide."  After all, in any direction it's a downhill grade from here.

Union Pacific freight train at Sherman Summit

Union Pacific freight train at Sherman Summit

Week 16,  Miles 1180

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AuthorRich Monroe