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Encampment, Wyoming
The Willis House, a historic residence in Encampment that is listed on the NRHP, August 2012]
The Willis House, a historic residence in Encampment that is listed on the NRHP, August 2012]
Location of Encampment in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Location of Encampment in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Encampment, Wyoming is located in the United States
Encampment, Wyoming
Encampment, Wyoming
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Carbon
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
7,277 ft (2,218 m)
 • Total 450
 • Estimate 
 • Density 266.75/sq mi (102.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-32650

Encampment (also known as Grand Encampment) is a town in southern Carbon County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 450 at the 2010 census.


Known also as " Grand Encampment", this town along the Colorado-Wyoming border was, at the turn of the twentieth century, a booming center of copper mining and smelting. At one point a sixteen-mile tramway was built to carry copper ore from the mountains into the town for smelting. This steam powered tramway was, at the time, the longest in the world. A sharp drop in copper prices and disastrous fires drove the mining company into bankruptcy. Mining operations ceased in the early twentieth century. A large sawmill operated in the town between 1950 and 1998.

The Grand Encampment Museum is located in Encampment. It highlights the copper mining, ranching, logging history in the area. It includes over 15 historic buildings and thousands of interesting objects. A research library is located in the main gallery, the Doc Culleton Interpretive Center. This museum may be located in a small community, but it is well known in Wyoming as one of the best history museums.


Encampment is located at 41°12′30″N 106°47′28″W / 41.20833°N 106.79111°W / 41.20833; -106.79111 (41.208216, -106.791215).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 421
1920 230 −45.4%
1930 209 −9.1%
1940 331 58.4%
1950 288 −13.0%
1960 333 15.6%
1970 321 −3.6%
1980 611 90.3%
1990 490 −19.8%
2000 443 −9.6%
2010 450 1.6%
2019 (est.) 426 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 450 people, 227 households, and 128 families residing in the town. The population density was 281.3 inhabitants per square mile (108.6/km2). There were 371 housing units at an average density of 231.9 per square mile (89.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.1% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 227 households, of which 18.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the town was 51.6 years. 17.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.1% were from 25 to 44; 38.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.


Public education in the town of Encampment is provided by Carbon County School District #2. Encampment School [1], a K-12 campus, serves the town.

Encampment has a public library, a branch of the Carbon County Library System.

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