Items by Bill Croke

A town’s downtown is the new (old) way to live
Bill Croke celebrates his brand-new, old-fashioned lifestyle: living upstairs in an old brick building in downtown Salmon, Idaho.
Downtown an old – and new – way to live
Bill Croke celebrates his brand-new old-fashioned lifestyle: living upstairs in an old brick building in downtown Salmon Idaho.
Who will work in the West’s future company towns?
As the cost of housing and fuel skyrockets, Bill Croke wonders who – besides immigrants – will be willing to fry the hamburgers and clean the toilets of towns like Cody, Wyo.
Wyoming manners? Forget about it!
New Yorkers may pride themselves on rudeness, but they don’t hold a candle to ill-mannered Wyomingites.
Down the alleys and through the collectibles
Bill Croke enjoys a rite of spring peculiar to small towns: Strolling the neighborhood alleys and snooping to see what everyone’s up to.
Dumpster diving for frugality and fun
The writer is so frugal he culls the Dumpster deposits of the rich
Changing times, changing hats
The writer sees newcomers to his small town setting a new style
I say: Good riddance to bad billboards
Wyoming’s billboards are ugly, and probably outdated, too
I say good riddance to bad billboards
The writer wants to clearcut the thicket of billboards lining gateway towns to Yellowstone National Park
The secret of Wyoming winters is the snow-eating chinook
The writer explains what makes Wyoming winters different
The wind eternal
The warm chinook winds of Cody, Wyo. keep temperatures mild as they sand away at the town with a steady gale.
Revenge of the old-timers: The beavers are back
The sight of a beaver swimming past a barbecue leads to speculation on the role the animal played in the settling of the West, and the current conflicted views New Westerners have about living with wildlife
Revenge of the old-timers: The beavers are back
The writer muses about the comeback of the beaver, the region’s totemic animal