No, it’s not THAT kind of diversion. I don’t take alcohol, and this is not that sort of “tipple”. Aladdin was a coal-mining community, and a tipple is a system for sending coal down a hillside. Aladdin Tipple is no longer in use, but it is preserved by Crook County, WY, as an historical place. Informational signs are placed appropriately, so we may know this aspect of our heritage, whether one likes the idea of burning coal or not.
Here are some views of the equipment that is preserved in the park, 1 mile east of the Aladdin Store.
A short climb up the stairs brings one to the top of the sluice, now being reclaimed by nature.
This was Wyoming’s swan song, for this trip. I will be back in the Equality State, someday soon. It has given me more than I can ever repay. Now, on to South Dakota- the Spiritual Arc leading through the Black Hills, to Black Elk Peak and Crazy Horse Monument. An iconic diversion will be covered: Mount Rushmore. We will consider the brilliant prairie sunsets, Corn Palace and decaying farm structures, as well as the openness and camaraderie found in small wayside cafes. The human warmth found in a town named for one of America’s most controversial military commanders also radiates well for the Artesian State.
Thank you, Wyoming, for honing my spirit.