Wyoming history is the focus of two books recently acquired by the Rock Springs Library. One is a comprehensive collection of maps, the other a photographic exploration of things left behind. Both would interest anyone with an interest in Wyoming that was.
‘Mapping Wyoming’ – Blevins, Bruce
‘Mapping Wyoming encompasses the discovery of America with maps from 1796 to 1991. Emphasis is on the initial exploration of the Wyoming territory until a fair amount of detail was recorded in all reaches of the state. Aspects of the mapping include: early conjectures, fur trapping era, military expeditions, geologic surveys, government boundaries, personal travel accounts, and atlas illustrations. Seven hundred and seventy-three maps are included in this history on the mapping of Wyoming’ – Blevins p. 1
Mclure’s photographic essay captures the remnants of abandonment. The appeal of the book lay in the peculiarities of locale and the representations thereof – cenotaph, homestead, landscape, petroglyph, and ruin – McLure offers a stunning pictorial of Wyoming history.