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Emperor the Penguin.

Emperor the Penguin

Field review by the editors.

Little America, Wyoming

Died 1950

Pet Cemetery.

Little America -- well-known to I-80 travelers as The World's Largest Gas Station -- was named after Admiral Byrd's camp on the South Pole. Opened in 1932 by S.M. Covey, the refueling stop along the Lincoln Highway grew to include scores of gas pumps, a hotel, restaurants and a post office.

The owners wanted Emperor the penguin to be its live mascot, but the penguin died on its way from Antarctica to Boston. Wanting to make the best of a bad deal, Little America had Emperor stuffed and shipped anyway.

You can visit the famous bird in a wide, wood-paneled hallway on the ground floor of the Little America hotel. He stands on a fake block of ice.

Emperor's glass case is inviolable; you'll never see this bird wearing a Santa's cap or a New Year's diaper. In the words of one Little America employee: "The management doesn't allow joviality with the penguin."

As the symbol of the business, a stuffed penguin also stands in the lobby of the hotel in Cheyenne and other Little America properties.

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery Team Field Report

Emperor the Penguin

Little America Hotel And Resort

I-80, Little America, WY
At the Little America Hotel And Resort. I-80 exit 68. In the lobby opposite the check-in desk.
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Emperor the Penguin

Little America Hotel And Resort

2800 W Lincolnway, Cheyenne, WY
At the Little America Hotel And Resort. Either I-80 exit 358 and turn north, or I-25 exit 9 and turn south. Just inside the entrance for guest check-ins.
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