Wheatland, WY

Wheatland, the county seat and largest town in Platte County, provides easy access to scenic and recreational areas. Set amid farms and ranches that are irrigated by the largest privately owned irrigation system in the Country, the town has a nine-hole public golf course, city parks with a free camping area, a swimming pool and tennis courts, Laramie Peak Museum, library, bowling alley, movie theater and fairgrounds. Good roads lead east to the Grayrocks Reservoir or west to the mountain parks.

A family-centered community now, as it was in the early years, Wheatland supports many church and civic activities. Primarily an agricultural community, Wheatland boasts a large, clean industrial plant and many small businesses. For a community of this size, Wheatland is proud of the medical facilities at the Platte County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home. Doctors aren’t in short supply in this forward thinking community.

The Laramie River Station power plant is located six miles northeast of Wheatland. LRS was constructed for a cost of $1.6 billion. It represents one of the largest consumer-owned regional joint power supply programs in the United States. Grayrocks Dam and Reservoir, located six miles east of the plant, supplies water for steam and cooling. Tours will be given by appointment.

Recreational opportunities abound, with outdoor activities at the top of the list. Fishermen can get to fishing sites located just a couple of minutes from town, either at Wheatland Reservoir, Grayrocks Reservoir, or the Laramie River. The Platte County Fair & Rodeo tops the list of major events, usually held the second full week of August. The Platte County Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Summer Fun Fest and Antique Tractor Pull ending with a street dance, at the Town’s 40-acre Lewis Park, the 2nd Saturday in July. Other activities range from Contemporary Quilt Festivals, Art and Craft Shows, Stars of Tomorrow, Casino Night, Wheatland Jaycee Fireworks, Platte County Bike Race, Octoberfest/Moonlight Madness, Town and Country Appreciation Night dance, Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Knowledge Bowl, to the highly charged and enthusiastic high-school athletics events. Those who like college football or basketball can drive just a little over an hours time and watch the University of Wyoming games.