From coal camps to company towns, Fossil Basin invites you to discover its rich mining heritage and charming small towns.
In Kemmerer, the JC Penney “Mother Store” stands as a reminder of its turn-of-the-century heyday as a booming coal town. Nearby Diamondville emerged soon after thanks to rich seams of coveted “diamond coal.”
Though the mines eventually closed, both towns retain their charm and Wild West roots. Historic storefronts allow visitors to step back into frontier life and locals descended from pioneers are eager to share stories of the region’s past.
As Lincoln County seat, Kemmerer serves as the area’s main hub. In these tight-knit communities, you’ll discover the welcoming spirit and rugged beauty of Wyoming’s high desert country.