One feature of the boom that followed the discovery of coal near Kemmerer in 1897 was the saloon of “Preaching Lime” Huggins, who maintained that he never sold a drink to a man already under the influence. Over the bar mirror hung such mottos as “Don't buy a drink before seeing that your baby has shoes.” One of his patrons liked the establishment because he could do his repenting during his sinning and “get the whole thing over at once.”
A nationwide retail chain originated in Kemmerer when James Cash Penney opened his first store, the Golden Rule, in 1902 with an initial investment of $500. The original home of the founder is now a museum at 107 JC Penney Dr.
Native fossils and historical artifacts are displayed at the visitor center in Herschler Triangle Park.
Kemmerer/Diamondville Area Chamber of Commerce 1601 N. Sunlight Dr. KEMMERER, WY 83101. Phone:(702)239-6001