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Wyoming Then, Now?

2013 March 18

Strip mining, billboards, prairie eggs. Four decades ago, Boyd Norton captured a slice of life and landscape from Wyoming. Has the area changed?

If you live nearby, or know of someone who does, help contribute current photos of Wyoming now. Match these or other area photos for the Documerica Then and Now challenge. Alternately, you can simply share photos about the way of life today for State of the Environment.  

DOCUMERICA: Wyoming Then and Now

DOCUMERICA: The Wyodak Coal Mine near Gillette, Wyoming. Long-range plans call for massive strip-mining of the Powder River Basins and the construction of huge power plants. One of the power plants will be constructed at Gillette, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: The Wyodak Coal Mine near Gillette, Wyoming. Long-range plans call for massive strip-mining of the Powder River Basins and the construction of huge power plants. One of the power plants will be constructed at Gillette, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: Nest in prairie grasses on a ranch in the Powder River Basin, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: Nest in prairie grasses on a ranch in the Powder River Basin, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: Billboard, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: Billboard, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton

DOCUMERICA: Cattle graze on ranch lands near the Dave Johnston Power Plant, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

DOCUMERICA: Cattle graze on ranch lands near the Dave Johnston Power Plant, 06/1973 by Boyd Norton.

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Share what Wyoming looks like now with State of the Environment. Take a matching photograph of a Documerica scene for our Then and Now Challenge. Hold a copy of the older photo up to the scene today, or simply take the current photo and we’ll stitch the two together.

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Browse additional photos from Wyoming on Flickr or search the complete collection through the National Archives OPA Database.


Decades ago, the day-to-day moments captured by all of Documerica’s photographers created a powerful statement about our country and our way of life in the 1970s. Photography took place in all states and some territories – a wide net was cast document our environment in vastly different places across the United States.

These elite photojournalists, hand chosen by Gifford Hampshire and his team, achieved something remarkable that we attempt to be match today through its public progeny: State of the Environment.

The level to which Documerica’s vision is met, is up to you.

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One Response
  1. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    March 19, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    The photos are beautiful but the smoke coming from the power plant is very annoying. EPA must do something to stop that black smoke.

    Live forever & prosper!

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