Mountainview Cemetery + Wild Horses

by Kaylah Stroup
Mountain View Cemetery in Wyoming

Driving through Wyoming on our road trip, our main interest was ghost towns. I knew from some research I did before hitting the road that the state had A LOT of them.

On the way to Superior, which to be fair I wouldn’t consider an actual ghost town at all, my eagle eye-d husband spotted this cemetery. From the road it doesn’t look like too much. Up on a hill and covered in sagebrush, the majority of the grave markers aren’t really visible until you get up close.

…But within minutes of being inside the small gates, I was exclaiming “this is definitely in my top ten!!!” It hits all the marks for me. Full of unique headstones? Check! Landscaping different than you’d see in the midwest? Check! Old? Check! Kinda sorta off the beaten path? Check! There’s just something truly special about cemeteries in the desert.

Mountain View Cemetery Wyoming

The majority of burials in this cemetery were done between 1900 and 1923, although a new section was opened for public use in 1994. The Superior, Wyoming website notes that most of the graves are dated during the influenza epidemic that followed World War 1.

Did you know that the flu epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people?! 25% of the United States population got it and within one year the average life expectancy dropped by 12 years. Ooof! The national archives and records administration has some information on this which you can find here. Quick, interesting read with historical photos + documents. We did not learn about this in school so I definitely just spend a couple hours learning some history!

As well as finding this excellent cemetery, we also spotted wild horses! It started with one. When we pulled over to take a photo of it, I spotted the baby! Then as I got the 70-200mm lens on my camera and set up my shot, I spotted even more of them. There ended up being nine of them in total!

(Little side note here, I LOVE this lens. At this point, it’s a road trip essential! Being able to get gorgeous animal photos without disturbing them is priceless.)

Not to sound dramatic buuuut it was magical. I’ve never been a horse girl but seeing wild horses is honestly one of the coolest things ever. I was over the moon. There’s just something really special about it. In all our road trips, this is only the second time I’ve seen wild horses. I hope it never loses its magic.

Wild horses in wyoming
wild horses in superior, wyoming

Our time in Wyoming was short but it left me wanting more! My feelings on it are similar to my feelings for Utah which are ‘holy cow, why does no one talk about this gorgeous state!?!” Totally underrated! I can’t wait to go back.

Other posts from this trip –

Check out even more road trip posts under the ‘travel‘ tag & more graveyard goodness under the ‘cemetery‘ tag.

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Jennifer July 9, 2019 - 2:15 pm

I love your photos of dessert cemeteries. I think you capture the modesty of it well. Like they look like nothing at first, but if you get up close you can appreciate it’s beauty. Maybe it is because there aren’t a million headstones, and you don’t get overwhelmed?

Anamaria July 23, 2019 - 7:06 am

I’ve been a long time lurker but I love your cemetery photos. They capture the mystery of old cemeteries while still being respectful.

Also fun fact: I only knew about that epidemic because of Twilight! Edward was dying of influenza so he was turned into a vampire. My friends and I were also curious about it since it wasn’t in our history books so we ended up reading more about it and it ended up being a question on our AP US History test!

Kaylah Stroup August 17, 2019 - 8:52 am

Thanks so much! This is such a great compliment! 🙂

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