Population: 828 (plus many deer and wild turkeys) (2010 U.S. Census)
Elevation: 5,036 ft.
Nestled in the pines between North and South Piney Creeks, this wooded bedroom community has long been a favorite summer retreat of locals and visitors alike. Abundant wildlife and peaceful scenery are a part of everyday life in Story.
Story, Wyoming was first platted by a horse trader named Marshall Wolf, who was going to name the town after himself but was dismayed to find that Wolf, Wyoming already existed nearby. The town was instead named after Charles B. Story, a rancher who was instrumental in getting a post office established – the first building in what had until then been a town made up of only tent structures.
Story is home to the Ft. Phil Kearny State Historic Site, site of the Wagon Box Fight and site of the Battle of the Hundred in the Hands. Fort Phil Kearny was built in 1866 as one of three military posts established along the Bozeman Trail, providing a cutoff from the Oregon Trail. It is here on August 2,1867, that a detachment of 32 men and officers under the command of Captain James Powell expected to be massacred by hundreds of Red Cloud’s braves. However, the men had one advantage – they had cover behind a corral of 14 wagon boxes and new rifles which could fire rapidly and repeatedly. Over the eight hours of battle, they were able to repulse the many attacks of Red Cloud’s warriors.
After a visit to Ft Phil Kearny, grab a meal at the Wagon Box or Tunnel Inn before a trip to the Fish Hatchery. Or enjoy a wooded hike from one of the area trails.