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Bill, Wyoming
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Converse
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
82631

Bill is an unincorporated community in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. It is included within the southern-central portion of Thunder Basin National Grassland.

History

The settlement is rumored to have begun shortly after World War I, when a doctor moved there. It was called "Bill" by the doctor's wife due to a number of men in the area with that name. Before long, Bill had a post office and small store selling sandwiches to truckers, and a country school for children from surrounding ranches. The owner of the store even established the "Bill Yacht Club", which had no boats, no water, and no costly boating accidents, but that sold hats and T-shirts to tourists who felt they were in on the joke.

By 2008, it had been developed much further to include a 112-room hotel, and a 24-hour diner (both open to everyone, but catering especially to railroaders.) The hotel serves railroad employees as a crew-change station on the Union Pacific coal line running south through the area from Wyoming's Powder River Basin coal mines. Railroad conductors, engineers and other employees are required to stop and take mandatory rests in Bill.

The new development more than doubled Bill's population from 5 (including pets) to 11 people, in just two years. In 2015, it had a population of 5 people per square mile.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bill has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Highways

- Interstate 25 intersects with Wyoming State Hwy 59, 35 miles south of Bill, in Douglas, Wyoming.
  • WYO 59
- north-south highway passing through Bill, and through Thunder Basin Nat'l. Grassland.
Thunder Basin National Grassland Douglas
Thunder Basin Nat'l Grassland near Bill, Wyo.
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