By Dick Blust
Sweetwater County Historical Museum 

A historic Christmas Eve at the Emery House in 1901


December 23, 2020

Courtesy photo

Christmas Eve at the Ezra Emery home in Rock Springs, 1901. Ezra Emery, an important pioneer in long-distance automobile travel in Wyoming, is the man with the moustache in the bottom row.


Sweetwater County Historical Museum

While searching through its photo archives recently, the staff at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River came across a unique holiday image from over a century ago - Christmas Eve at the Rock Springs home of one of the most important, yet largely unrecognized, figures in Wyoming history.

Ezra Lowman Emery - known as "Good Roads" Emery - was a groundbreaking civil engineer who mapped out an automobile roadway across southern Wyoming from Cheyenne, to Ogden, Utah in 1911 and 1912 along the corridor of the Union Pacific railroad...

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