Location: Laramie Historic Railroad Depot
Address: 1st and Kearney Streets, Laramie, WY.
Social Hour is at 7:00pm
Meeting Starts at 7:30pm
John Richard Waggener, Associate Archivist at the UW American Heritage Center, has just released a new book, Snow Chi Minh Trail: The History of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction, published by the Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership-driven educational organization.
The title comes from long-haul truckers who dubbed Interstate 80 (specifically the 77-mile stretch between Walcott Junction and Laramie) the “Snow Chi Minh Trail,” a negative reference to the similarly mountainous roadway used by North Vietnamese soldiers to reach South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. “Those guys saw a lot of action and relived some of it as they drove across I-80,” said Waggener, adding “Not many stretches of highway across America have generated so much interest to fill the pages of a book, but Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins is one of those exceptions.”