In that kaleidoscope of American landscapes and historic places that the Transam aspires to be, I found Jeffrey City one of the most memorable places, a highlight.
I am glad I didn't miss it and was fascinated to read more about its history in http://www.sublettewyo.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/87
Actually, I wrote an article that was published before the linked article here.
My article is titled, "Home on the Range No More: Boom and Bust in Jeffrey City".
His article is titled, "Home on the Range No More: The Boom and Bust of a Wyoming Uranium Mining Town, 1957-1988".
I was a first-year grad student at the time publishing locally.
He was completing his doctorate and published in a major journal.
Make of it what you will.
Jeffrey City has continued to shrink since the early 1990s. As Gov. Hershler hinted at 30 years ago, there was a short resurgence of uranium in the early 2000s, but I think that Fukushima has nixed it. At the time of the creation of the TransAm route, there were more than 4000 people. You were one of the lucky ones if you had an apartment or one of the pre-fab houses that are now concrete holes in the ground. It is a sobering experience spending an hour walking around the townsite - something I highly suggest as a stop on a cross-country tour.