Kemmerer, Wyoming: JC Penney Museum and Mother Store

The very spot where James Cash Penney was born and began his mall anchor store empire.
722 J C Penney Dr., Kemmerer, WY
At Coral St./US Hwy 189 and JC Penney Dr.
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J C Penney Mother Store. J.C. Penney Store No. 1 and J.C. Penney Museum

We were coming down from Soda Springs, ID and saw the sign for the " JC Penney Museum." Turned out to be the house where JC (James Cash Penney) and family lived. Just down the street is the first store of the chain. Sits on the corner of the main drag -- a homey tribute to the mercantile spirit of America.

[don desrosiers, 08/15/2005]

Penney died in 1971 at age 95, leaving behind 1,800 stores. The first one was built here and is referred to as "The Mother Store." Penney's tiny house where he lived from 1902-1909 has been preserved and tours are given. The store and home are national historic landmarks.

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