Editor’s note: The following feature was submitted to the Laramie Boomerang in recognition of the 50th anniversary on Oct. 3 of the completion of the Laramie-Walcott section of Interstate 80.

It was a beautiful autumn morning in Arlington on Saturday, Oct. 3, 1970.

John R. Waggener is an archivist at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.

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