Guernsey, Wyoming: Million Dollar Privy

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, which created an outhouse for the ages.

Guernsey State Park

Address:
Skyline Drive, Guernsey, WY
Directions:
I-25 exit 92 off I-25. Drive about 15 miles east on US 26. Just before the town of Guernsey, turn left onto Hwy 317/Lake Shore Drive. Once you reach Guernsey State Park in about one mile, take the first left onto Skyline Drive and continue until it ends in about 2.5 miles. (You will cross a bridge over a railroad track in a deep cut.) The privy is to the left of the Castle Overlook/shelter building, and down from the parking lot at the North Bluff Picnic Area.
Hours:
Park open 24 hours for campers. (Call to verify)
Phone:
307-836-233
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CCC-built stone and log outhouse.

Million-dollar Privy

The "Million-dollar Privy" in Guernsey State Park puts the proverbial "brick sh*thouse" to shame! This massive stone outhouse was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. It received its nickname since it took a long time to build and cost a lot of money . . . for an outhouse. It includes massive stone buttresses outside that look like they could withstand a major tornado, and huge timbers frame the stalls inside.

After using the privy, don't miss the Castle Overlook/shelter building (next to the privy), Guernsey Museum, Brimmer Point Overlook, fireplace at the Red Cloud Picnic Area, and the powder magazine at Camp BR10. These wonderful structures - all built by the CCC -- are some of the best CCC structures in the West. Due to the architectural importance of these structures, part of the park is on the National Register of Historic Places and the whole park is a National Historic Landmark.

[Peter S. Tannen, 07/21/2007]

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