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How Happy Jack Road Got Its Name

Trevor T. Trujillo, Townsquare Media
Trevor T. Trujillo, Townsquare Media

If you thought your co-workers were loud, here’s a fun fact. Happy Jack Road was named for a guy who wouldn’t stop singing at work.

Jack Hollingsworth first passed through Wyoming on a cattle drive from Missouri to California. In the 1880s, he settled along the Middle Crow Creek in the Laramie Mountains and established a ranch and logging operation.

While transporting lumber and hay to sell at Fort D.A. Russell, he helped blazed the trail to Cheyenne and earned the nickname “Happy Jack” for his friendly disposition and his constant singing.

The trail became a popular route for travellers between Cheyenne and Laramie and was named Happy Jack Road. The trail was eventually paved and the 37-mile stretch now serves as Wyoming Highway 210, connecting Interstate 25 to Instertate 80.

 

 

 

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