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Fast Facts n The cattle ranchers who settled the town in the 1800s originally referred to Gillette as Donkey Town.

That’s Fair To Say Entering your prized pig or your best jar of marmalade preserves is all part of the annual Campbell County Fair in Gillette. The first fair dates back to 1920, and the 2010 version will take place July 27-Aug. 2 at CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities. Each fair offers a rodeo and major concert as well as free stage entertainment, plus a variety of exhibits displayed in Energy Hall. And of course, there are best-of animal competitions in categories such as beef, sheep, poultry, rabbit, cat, dog, dairy cattle, dairy goat, horse and swine.

The Wright Stuff Guests certainly know they’re in Wyoming when they stay at the Wright Hotel. All 71 rooms of the interesting building are decorated in distinctive western décor, and many have panoramic views of the 55,000-acre Durham Buffalo Ranch. Another nice touch is that all of the rooms on the third floor have vaulted ceilings. For business meetings, the Wright Hotel also has a king suite with a large conference table that can accommodate six to eight people, with connecting private sleeping quarters. The suite has a wet bar and a view of the snow-capped Big Horn Mountains. The Wright Hotel is also home to Open Range Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant whose entrees include steak cuts such as filet mignon, prime rib and New York strip.

n Oil exploration began in Gillette in the 1940s, and the first commercial oil field discovery was made in 1968. n More than 4,000 big game animals make up the population at Durham Buffalo Ranch. n Stock-car racing is a popular sport each season on the 3/8mile oval at Gillette Thunder Speedway. n Built in 1902, the First Baptist Church was the first church built in Gillette. It was the only church in the community until 1907. n The Campbell County Rockpile Museum houses collections of history, art, archaeology and natural history. Fittingly, the museum is next to a natural rockpile formation. n The Energy Rotary Club Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole outdoor venue located behind the CAM-PLEX.

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Images Gillette-Campbell County, WY: 2010  

Founded in 1911, Campbell County is rich in minerals and in community commitment. Considered the energy capital of the west, coal and gas in...

Images Gillette-Campbell County, WY: 2010  

Founded in 1911, Campbell County is rich in minerals and in community commitment. Considered the energy capital of the west, coal and gas in...