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Author Says Wyoming Bars Critical To State's History, Culture

UW News Service

Bars are an important part of Wyoming culture and history. That message comes from author Julianne Couch as Wyoming celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood. Couch and her co-author Ronald Hansen traveled across the state to research Wyoming bars for their book “Jukeboxes and Jackalopes: A Wyoming Bar Journey.”

"What we documented in terms of the bars and the landscapes really are a part of Wyoming’s story starting from at least a hundred years ago, which some of these places are. And there’s certainly no better atmosphere to get people in the mood to tell stories than a bar," she says.

Couch says bars offer a place to gather for travelers and locals alike. A companion book featuring photos of the bars will be published by the Wyoming State Historical Society.

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