Situated on the banks of the North Platte River, Douglas is the county seat for Converse County. Visitors often find themselves in search of the world famous jackalope. A statue of the fictitious creature, a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, can be seen in the downtown area.
Douglas is home to the Wyoming State Fair, the Wyoming Pioneer Museum, the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and the Douglas International Raceway. Summertime events begin with the Douglas Rail Exp0 and Jackalope Days early to mid-June. Fort Fetterman, Oregon Trail historic markers, Ayres Natural Bridge and the nearby mountains are popular area attractions.
Come August take in the Wyoming State Fair and its carnival, rodeos, livestock shows, exhibits and entertainment acts. In 2012 the Wyoming State Fair celebrated its 100th year.
Late August the Senior Professional Rodeo comes to town. Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls take to the arena to compete in everything from barrel racing and roping to bronc riding.
At the corner of Brownfield Road and Center in Douglas, the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center is housed in the community’s historic train depot. A collection of rail cars offers a glimpse into Douglas’ railroad history.
History enthusiasts will find Douglas to be the perfect location to headquarter historical excursions. The community has numerous motels, RV parks and campgrounds from which to choose. Across the region visitors can explore the remnants of emigrant trails and historic Fort Fetterman. Fort Laramie and the Oregon Trail Ruts at Guernsey are an easy day trip from Douglas. The National Historic Trails Center is located in nearby Casper.
Recreationists find Douglas equally appealing. The mountains to the south, including 10,000-foot Laramie Peak, and the Thunder Basin National Grassland to the north, offer camping, hiking, horseback riding trails and other outdoor opportunities. Glendo Reservoir, perfect for camping and water recreation, is located west of Douglas.
|P.O. Box 1212, Douglas, WY 82633|