Elevation: 5,036 ft.
Nestled among the pines between North and South Piney Creeks, this wooded bedroom community has long been a popular retreat for locals and visitors alike. Story is characterized by abundant wildlife, incredible Bighorn views, and an air of the Wyoming unchartered.
Story was first platted by a horse trader named Marshall Wolf, who planned to give the town his own name; when he discovered that Wolf was already taken, he named the town 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 Wagon Box Fight monument, and is in close proximity to Ft. Phil Kearny and the site of the Battle of the Hundred in the Hands, important Indian battlefields. 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.
The outdoors play a major role in life in Story. Piney Creek is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Wyoming’s finest rock climbing destinations, while fishing and hunting have been popular here for generations.
Overnight accommodations include the Story Pines Inn, Wagon Box Inn, and the Waldorf A’Story Guest Haus. Additional attractions and amenities include Centennial Park, Thorne-Rider Youth Camp, Camp Story, and Our Lady of the Pines Parish. Wyoming Game & Fish maintains the Story Fish Hatchery, open daily.