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Sir Barton’s Abode

By Linda Tancs

Douglas, Wyoming was designated one of the best 100 small towns in America.  You might assume that a small town like this has a slight history, but you’d be mistaken.  Douglas is the resting place of  Sir Barton, the first thoroughbred colt to win the American Triple Crown.  Storytellers probably know it better, though, as the official home of the jackalope, a mythical creature described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers.  The New York Times attributed the tale to Douglas Herrick of Douglas, Wyoming, and thus the town was named the “Home of the Jackalope” by the state in 1985. 



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