On Wyoming's peculiarities

  Dear HCN,


The Wyoming stories by Paul Krza, Jeffery Smith and Hugh Jackson were insightful (HCN, 7/7/97). Having lived just north of the Wyoming border, in Billings, Mont., for many years, I used to watch those license plates from Wyoming pull into shopping malls and stores, load up the trunk and head home without paying any sales taxes.


I remember when United Parcel Service moved to Billings. It was prepared for a city of 100,000 people, but instead found a business area of 400,000 that included the northern tier of counties in Wyoming.


One thing missing in your Wyoming issue is the huge amount of wealth making Wyoming its home. Sheridan and Buffalo have been home to great wealth for years; Cody and Jackson Hole now have so many wealthy people owning property there that one more death might once again balance the state's needs.


Tourism is the growth industry of that state. And it is guarded jealously. While in Cody, try and find a road sign that points to "Billings." It doesn't exist. There is one that says "Belfry," a border town of several hundred and one gas station. Once they have you, they won't let go, it seems.





Leslie C. Cox


Port Townsend, Washington








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