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The Modern West – Wyoming History

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Credit Elk Mountain Hotel


The Modern West Podcast #28: Tiny Town Big Bands

In the mid-20th century, the little town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming drew crowds from miles and miles away to its summer dances on the bouncy floor at the Garden Spot Pavilion.

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on Oct 17, 2017

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The Modern West is a destination for those who want to experience the West both past and present. It’s a rich collection of cultural stories, news, oral histories, artist performances and podcasts that draw from original Wyoming Public Media productions as well as a variety of sources linked to major Wyoming cultural sites. If you live in Wyoming or other western states, you’ll experience what you already know and discover much that you don’t. If you’re looking for a deep dive into the ethos of the West, you’ll find a rich trove of information that will enrich your experience and understanding of this vast land. Experience The Modern West through stories of coal miners and cowboys, Native Americans and scientists, wildlife and livestock—from our wind-swept prairies and soaring mountains. 

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