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"Ice Box of the Nation"
Big Piney is the oldest settlement in Sublette County
and was named by Dan B. Budd for the Piney Creeks. In 1879, Daniel B.
Budd and his partner Hugh McKay brought a thousand head of cattle from
Nevada hoping to ship them at Point of Rocks, but winter caught up to
them here in the Green River Valley. The following year Dan Budd moved
his family here and that is how the settlement of this town began. Big
Piney was called "Ice Box of the Nation" when it was officially
made a weather station in 1930. Big Piney had the coldest year round
average temperature of any place nationally.
It's a curiosity, considering most Wyoming towns are few and
far between, that Big Piney and Marbleton would only be a mile apart.
They have separate post offices and town governments. Big Piney was
incorporated on July 5, 1913. In the early days there was a lot of drainage
problems with the site on which Big Piney was built. So Charles Budd,
eldest son to Dan B Budd had hope to build the town up on the bench
to alleviate this problem. Charles did establish Marbleton on the bench,
in late 1913, but it never replaced Big Piney. Any attempts to combine
the two towns has been unsuccessful. The truth is people here kinda'
like it that way. Both towns cooperate with each other, they have a
combined fire department. The citizens of these two towns take a lot
of pride in the growth of their little metropolis over the past years
and think the founders would be proud too.
|March - Hard
Hats & Stetsons Fundraiser for the Green River Valley Museum
July 4th- Chuck
Wagon Days parade and barbeque, rodeo & fireworks
Big Piney/ Marbleton Volunteer Fire Department Annual Catfish
County Fair, Fairgrounds
Little Buckaroo Rodeo at Sublette