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Defining ‘small town’ Wyoming: In the country’s least populous state, what qualifies as rural?

January 8, 2018 in News

It’s hard to say whether this former airstrip is a small town or an extension of Casper. It’s only 10 minutes from the city, depending on traffic, but many residents say it’s a world apart: few services other than a bar, restaurant and gas station.

“Bar Nunn is a lot better than living in Casper,” said Gale Gunzenhauser, 75, who has lived in the town of just under 3,000 people for four decades. “It’s not crowded. I know my neighbors and my neighbors know me, but nobody bothers nobody.”

The town may not be tiny by Wyoming standards, but it is small enough that Gunzenhauser felt it was worth the move there to escape the sound of beer bottles breaking on the sidewalk outside his Casper apartment. In Bar Nunn, Gunzenhauser said, you couldn’t hear the bottles breaking: the sidewalks were made of dirt.

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