Our next stop on the bus tour is at the town of Fort Bridger where an old set of tourist cabins are being preserved by the Wyoming Division of Parks and Historic Resources.
The pre-motel cabins are in ruins right now but Wyoming preservationist Todd Thibodeau says they will be restored in the coming twleve months and by next year they will be in excellent shape, relics from an earlier era of American motor tourism.
Todd says it’s fortunate for preservationists that the little connected cabins have been essentially abandoned since around 1935. “No updating has been done. There are scraps of original materials still inside the cabins.” They were the Black & Orange Cabins, and they are charming. While the exterior walls have weathered quite a bit, the doors of the cabins have held onto their paint well, and you can imagine pulling your old flivver into the car park and spending a cozy night here.
Buddy and Bob, the guys on the motor-trikes meet us there, ready to be interviewed, but this tour is going fast, and they say they are heading on to Lyman where the busses will stop next. I say, “Let’s interview you guys in Lyman.”
“Great,” they say.
But the tour makes an additional stop in Fort Bridger at an old Lincoln Highway bridge, one of the few remaining original highway bridges in Wyoming, and we never see the NO AGE LIMITS guys again. Maybe we’ll pass them on the road later this weekend. We could flag them down and try to do a roadside chat.