Where The Heck Is Jay Em Wyoming?
Just when a person thinks that they have explored every corner of Wyoming a name pops up that make them wonder - where is that? Is it even a real town? Was there once a town there and now it's gone?
This week I received a friend request on FaceBook from a lady in Jay Em. I assumed that to be the name of a town that had long since faded into the landscape and was now nothing more then a mention on a map.
Jay Em is located East of Guernsey, on highway 85, almost exactly between Lusk and Lingle.
According to the website Legends Of America "Jay Em, Wyoming began along a watering hole on the old Texas Trail that ran north-south through Goshen County. The land around the townsite was originally claimed by James Moore, a former Pony Express rider and rancher in the 1860s. By 1869, Moore had the second largest cattle ranch in Wyoming Territory, under the brand “J Rolling M”. A small stream was on his land was named Jay Em Creek. Moore died in 1873, but his brand continued to live on."
According to the story, there was a post office there which established the town, but a dispute ran the post master off. Some time later a request was put in to bring the post office back and now they have one again.
They even had a newspaper once: the weekly Jay Em Sentinel and Fort Laramie News (circulation 300) ran from 1917 to 1921.