Learn about Wyoming’s wild past
Monday, June 26, 2017
Jay Em is a town that sprouted up in the Wyoming Territory in the 1860’s along a well-used cattle trail. Jim Moore, one of the area’s primary cattle ranchers at the time, claimed the land because it featured one of the last watering holes south of Lusk.
The town, named for the founder’s initials, was once a bustling service center for cowboys. It declined with the advent of automobiles, which made it easier for residents to travel to larger towns. Now Jay Em is a near ghost town, with few remaining residents, but it still tells a rich story of Wyoming’s wild past and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Tours of the historic town near Fort Laramie are available by appointment from May to September.