The Town of Guernsey is named for New Yorker C.A. Guernsey, who in 1880 moved west and purchased land in what was then Laramie County. Prior to Guernsey’s arrival, the area where modern day Guernsey is located, was known as the “emigrant’s wash tub”. This is where all the pioneers came to bathe and do their wash. C.A. Guernsey was a legislator, rancher, mining promoter, and author of the book, “Wyoming Cowboy Days”. Mr. Guernsey was also instrumental in building the Guernsey Dam.
Guernsey lies directly on the old Oregon Trail. Ruts were formed in the limestone by thousands of wagon trains that passed through the area on their way to Oregon. These magnificent ruts are evident on the southern side of the Town. Continuing south about 2 miles is Register Cliff. The cliffs served as a landmark and as a signature rock for the pioneers as they passed on the Oregon Trail.
The Town of Guernsey was incorporated in 1902 when the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad 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 where the county seat would be located for Platte County, Guernsey lost to its only competitor, Wheatland.
Mayor/Council. Four full time police officers, 24-hour coverage. Volunteer fire and Banner Health provides Ambulance Service.
Guernsey offers a beautiful 9-hole golf course located between the Oregon Trail Ruts and Register Cliff, called Trail Ruts Golf & Camp.
Guernsey Municipal Swimming Pool offers a seasonal daily schedule of lap swimming, open swimming and adult only 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 – Black Hills Energy, Telephone – Century Link, TV – Windbreak Cable
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 and from the necessary places in Guernsey. Home care assistance, wellness clinics and nutritional information are also available from the center. There is a commons area for reading, working on the ongoing puzzle and crafts can be displayed. They also offer a pool table and all seniors are welcome. Open 8-4:00 p.m., Monday – through Friday.
Guernsey has one licensed day care facility and they participate in the Children’s Nutritional Services and accept children of all ages.
At Trail Ruts Golf & Camp, south of town, is a campground beautifully located on the golf course. This campground features electric and water hook-ups for 16 spaces. A shower house is also available for a nominal fee for those not camping at the campground. Daily fees are available, as well as, discounts for those staying for a longer period of time.
Since its inception in 1990, the Guernsey Economic and Tourism Development Corporation has been active in trying to improve the Town’s economic base. The mission of this organization is to improve the economic and tourism viability of the community.
To attract new industry into the community they joined hands with the Town to develop an eighty-acre industrial park. This was completed in 1997. They have made numerous contacts with the State Highway Department to improve Highway 26 which runs through town. This project is scheduled to begin in the year 2002. They petitioned United Telephone for new equipment to improve the telephone service and extend the service area. Once again they were successful. The organization continues to promote the industrial park, enhance the downtown area, and to promote tourism into our community.
Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad
John Bunning Transfer
Camp Guernsey Army National Guard Camp
Platte County School District #2
Wyoming Child and Family Development
Basin Electric Power Station
The Industrial Park is located approximately one mile east of town and just fifteen miles from Interstate 25. The current land cost at the Park is $12,000 per acre. The total land cost is held in an escrow account for seven years. A business moving to the park is asked to enter into a guaranteed minimum new job creation contract with our community. If the minimum job creation is evident at the end of seven years, your total principal land cost will be returned. Services available at the Park include electricity, municipal trash collection, water, sewer and telecommunications services.
One of the best features of the Park includes a rail spur. The spur is connected to the main east west line of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Across the highway pilots have access to the Guernsey Municipal Airport.
For more information please contact Craig Frederick at Guernsey Economic Development at 307-836-2344, or the Town of Guernsey at 307-836-2335.