In the 1840's the area that modern day Guernsey is located on was known as the emigrants wash tubî. This name was given because this is where all of the pioneers came to bathe and do their wash.
In 1880 a New Yorker named Charles A. Guernsey moved west and bought some land in what was then Laramie County. It is on this land that the present day Guernsey is found. C. A. Guernsey was a legislator, a rancher and also promoted mining. C.A. Guernsey is also the author of the book Wyoming Cowboy Days. Guernsey was also instrumental in the building of the Guernsey Dam.
The town of Guernsey lies directly on the old Oregon Trail. The town was incorporated in 1902 when the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads reached the area. At the time of its incorporation, Guernsey was well known as the Hub of the Oregon Trail. At a special election in 1911, to decide the county seat of what is now Platte County, Guernsey lost to its only competitor, Wheatland.
Mayor/Council. Police- 5full time officers, 24 hour coverage Fire Department- volunteer Ambulance- volunteer 911 coverage
Golf, Swimming and Tennis
Guernsey offers a beautiful 9-hole golf course located between the Oregon Trail Ruts and Register Cliff, hence the name Trail Ruts Golf Course. Each year various tournaments are offered at the golf course. The largest tournaments are offered at the golf course. The largest tournament is the Chuck Frederick Memorial Tournament. Proceeds form this event sponsor scholarships for college bound youth. The Guernsey Municipal Swimming Pool is located in downtown Guernsey. The pool offers a seasonal daily schedule of lap swimming, open swimming, adult swimming and night swimming. Lessons and private parties are also offered. North of the school two tennis courts are located and available for public use.
- Electricity - Town of Guernsey
- Water - Town of Guernsey
- Sanitation - Town of Guernsey
- Natural Gas - Choice Gas program
- Telephone - Sprint Cable television
The Guernsey Library is located in downtown Guernsey. Although it is a relatively small library, approximately 2,500 volumes, a Public Access Catalog (PAC) computer system was recently installed that links the library to the Wyoming Library Data Base. The system offers expanded academic as well as periodical indexes. The system also offers free limited Internet access.
The library is quite proud of the historic information available through interviews on file and an archive of minutes from various clubs that are no longer active. During the summer months the library offers a summer reading program as well as a story and craft time.
The Guernsey Senior Center is located next to the library. Lunches are served Monday through Friday for a nominal fee. The center also has a Meals-on-Wheels program and a van to assist seniors to get to the doctor, drug store and other necessary places. Home care assistance, wellness clinics and nutritional information are also available form the center. There is a commons area for reading, working of the ongoing puzzle. Crafts can also be displayed.
Guernsey has two licensed day care facilities. Both are part of the Children's Nutritional Services and accept children of all ages.
Guernsey State Park Guernsey State Park and Reservoir are located one mile northeast of town along the scenic North Platte River.
Guernsey State Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities including boating, water skiing, bird watching, hiking, a mountain bike trail, swimming and camping.
Because of the excellent examples of Civilian Conservation Corps work, the park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1997. Some believe the Museum and the Castle are the finest examples of CCC work in the United States. Most of these buildings were built in 1933 and are still standing and in excellent shape.
The Guernsey Museum overlooks the lake. There are several displays with the theme "How man has attempted to adapt himself to the natural environment in the Guernsey area from prehistoric times to the present".