A Look Back at Lusk
the urban focus of Niobrara County
Last week, the Avatar checked in from Lusk, Wyoming. He's not there anymore -- heck, he's in the next county over by now -- but we shouldn't miss the opportunity to see what's shaking in Lusk these days.
It looks like Smith's Tourist Court...
...is still a motel. It's hard to be sure, but I think the shell of the court is still visible within the Covered Wagon. The bump-outs are about where the old stairs were, and likely enclose internal stairways that were added in a recent (ie. within the last forty years) remodel. Sadly, the management of the Covered Wagon did not respond to my inquiry into this matter.
As for the Pioneer Court, a member of "The Best Western Motels"...
...it is the Pioneer Best Western.
Now: Mrs.5000 did say something about looking at Lusk herself, and thinking that one of the motels has been turned into an apartment building. After reviewing the available imagery, I think she is -- and I say this delicately -- dead wrong. Perhaps she will leave outraged counterargument in the comments.
It sure wasn't difficult to find where the photos of Main Street were taken, though.
There is really only a block and a half of built-up commercial space in Lusk, and therefore only one place you could stand for a proper "downtown" photo.
The Conoco, my friends, is now a "Fresh Start." The old hotel building is now an apartment building. Maybe that's what Mrs.5000 was going on about. I've read that for many years this building was a windowless hulk, so its current incarnation as the urban focus of Niobrara County is probably a nice boost to the local landscape.