By Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency

June 10, 2019

Rock Springs

Smithsonian Magazine has included Rock Springs as one of the top 15 towns to visit in 2019.  

According to Smithsonian Magazine, they received geographical information from Esri, which provides details on everything from resident dance companies and art galleries to the concentration of historic sites in those American towns with a population of 25,000 or under – to compile a list of 15 small towns that embrace community, reflect hometown pride and have their own unique offerings.  

The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency stated that Rock Springs has quite a few extraordinary offerings, from a new establishment specializing in sweet and savory crepes to a restored performing arts venue to a hip, year old brewery on South Main Street.  

Smithsonian went on to say that one of the attractions that put Rock Springs on the list is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad, making it a big year for Rock Springs, a town built on railway history. Several coal mines in Rock Springs helped power the Union Pacific Railroad’s steam trains.  

In May, visitors and locals gathered in downtown to greet historic steam locomotives, Big Boy 4014 and Big Boy 844.  

“This event increased foot traffic and sales in many small businesses,” Trina Brittain, marketing events coordinator revealed. “The store owners were very pleased.” 

“It was cool to meet so many people from all over,” Denise Webster, Owner of Coal Train Coffee Depot said. “I got a front row seat to this awesome event!” 

Carl Tygum, owner of Broadway Burger Station agreed. “It was great!” he expressed. “We were so busy, it felt like we got hit by a runaway steam engine!”  

It has also been 150 years since the Territory of Wyoming gave women the right to vote. Wyoming has declared 2019 the “Year of Wyoming Women”. Rock Springs is co-hosting Sweetwater County’s Proud Wyoming Woman Retreat in September.   

In 2018, Rock Springs received the Great American Main Street Award for revitalizing its historic downtown with many colorful murals and restorations. Other attractions such as The Broadway Theater, Community Fine Arts Center and Sidekicks Wine and Book Bar, serving up a fine selection from Jackson Hole Winery and must-reads, have made Downtown the “hot spot.”  

Since Rock Springs is home to 56 nationalities, it just makes sense to participate in the annual celebration, International Day (July 13) 

“You have to come here to experience the diverse cultures,” Christopher Johnson, a Rock Springs High School freshman pointed out.  

Other residents are excited about Rock Springs being in the top 15 towns to visit. They hope travelers will explore Rock Springs.  

Retired educator, Karen Carter said, “After dining and shopping here, you need to go see the petroglyphs.” 

“Visitors should check out the Pilot Butte Wild Horses Scenic Loop,” her husband, Matthew mentioned. “There’s usually hundreds of horses out there. It’s about a twenty-five mile stretch.”  

“I also think the natural museum at the college (Western Wyoming Community College) is pretty neat,” he added.  

Children can have fun in the sun at our parks and enjoy a magic show at The Broadway Theater.  

“I enjoy going to The Broadway Theater,” local artist, Judy Fernandez said. “There’s something for everyone there.” 

She went on to say, “My grandchildren have fun at the parks around town – Blairtown Park is their favorite so I would suggest that if you have kids traveling with you, take them to a park.”  


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