Across the River from Dave Johnston - Wondrous Wyoming

Coal power may not be everyone's favorite source of energy - especially these days, but where there are operating plants, coal remains an important source of electricity in places like Wyoming. With more modern technology, they aren't anywhere near as polluting as they once were. However, the release of carbon dioxide remains a grave concern - and one that will force places like this to change or close.

Dave Johnston is a major employer for the local area of Glenrock, so it is very important that the aging plant evolve to stay with the times. Currently, it is scheduled to close in 2027 with a loss of nearly 200 jobs (in a town of 2600 people, that's big!)

Other options being investigated for the future of coal plants include being able to reclaim and reuse the carbon currently being emitted (16,000 tons daily) in the nearby oil industry. In my mind, any method of reusing "waste" is a good idea - simply makes sense. Another option for the future is tapping into the hydrogen industry. A third option is to build an experimental nuclear power plant utilizing new (and supposedly safer) methods for a new generation of nuclear power. We'll see...

Go to this Only in Your State link to see a picture of this plant when it was first built in 1973 (as well as lots of other interesting Wyoming historical pictures.)

No matter what ends up happening, the future will greatly impact the local economy, so it's worth the fuss now.


Here is a view of the plant from across the North Platte river, back at the end of March.

Across the river, is a little park that provides a nice little picnic area as well as displaying some pieces of coal history including these rails and coal cars.



This old crane is such a simple machine, yet was probably worth its weight in gold as it helped lug trucks of coal around.

Unfortunately, thus far, I have been unable to find more information on the museum park, not even an official name for it. So, for now, just take it as a piece of the scenery to see in central Wyoming.



The North Platte River, looking downstream at the end of winter. (I go by nature, not by the calendar.) With it being as hot as it has been lately, with smoke from the western fires, I'm looking forward to the return of winter.

Photos taken by myself in March 2021 with my Samsung NX11.

Past issues of...

Wondrous Wyoming


Featuring Casperandsurrounding areas
Stormy Evening SkyOne Wild and Stormy JuneRainbow Casper
July ThunderheadSmoky Skies AugustStormy Summer Afternoons in Wyoming
East of Casper MountainBlack Hill and Mule DeerFairies and Gnomes
Funnel CloudA Spring Walk by the North PlattePlatte River Parkway Bridge in Casper
North Platte River Along the ParkwaySolstice Walk at Crimson DawnThe Other Side of (Casper) Mountain
View from the Fish HatcheryFall on the North PlatteMy New Morning View
Solstice Waterfall Walk
Casper Mountain Falls - Frozen in JanuaryAmericana in the SnowAnother Snowy Walk
More Snowy PicturesSnowy Lamp postWinter Along the North Platte
Blanket of Winter

Snowy Walk in Wyoming Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January Walk Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3


Featuring Alcova DamPathfinder Damand surrounding
Alcova DamRedbeds Near Alcova DamFremont Canyon, part 1
Fremont Canyon, part 2Pyramid Peak from Below PathfinderBelow Pathfinder Dam with Flowers
Pathfinder DamPathfinder Reservoir

Flora/Fauna at Alcova - Arnica Angustifolia ,


Featuring Landerandsurrounding areas
Popo Agie River Demo - active v passivePlants of the Popo Agie River - Arrowleaf BalsamrootLander Park
Popo Agie River SinksPopo Agie River Rises

Sinks Canyon, Part 1, Part 2

Glenrock & Rolling Hills

Along Deer Creek - Glenrock Town Park , Bridge Over Deer Creek ,


Ayres Natural Bridge part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 ; Plants of Ayres Natural Bridge part 1, part 2

Great Divide Basin and surrounding

Featuring the Great Divide Basinandsurrounding areas
Ferris MountainsIndependence Rock, March 2019Great Divide Sunset


Featuring Rawlinsandsurrounding areas
Street Art in Rawlins, March 2019Trainspotting in Rawlins, March 2019Ferris Mansion, Rawlins
Wyoming Frontier PrisonSt. Joseph's Catholic Church


Featuring Thermopolisandsurrounding areas
Wind River Canyon May 2019

Thermopolis Mineral Hot Springs, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Jackson, Tetons and Yellowstone

Featuring Jackson Holethe TetonsYellowstone, etc.
Glimpse of the Tetons

The Tetons, part 1, part 2,
@daring-celt found herself inspired to create art based on my photos. Here is one of the Tetons - I think it's just gorgeous!

Kaycee and surrounding

Chris LeDoux Memorial Park

Border crossings

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