Much of the original highway remains. From South to North, the following State and County Roads are still traversable decommissioned alignments of historic US-87: WY-223, WY-219, Laramie County Rd 124, Laramie County Rd 123, Platte County S Chugwater Hwy, WY-321, Platte County S Wheatland Hwy, WY-320, Platte County Pepper Rd, Platte County El Rancho Rd, WY-319, Converse County Orin Way, Converse County Rd 91, Converse County Rd 96, Converse County Sunflower Trail, The Salt Creek Hwy, WY-259, WY-387, Natrona County I-25 Frontage Rd, WY-196, Johnson County Rock Creek Rd, Johnson County Monument Rd, WY-338, and WY-345 (Image 1950s Standard Oil Map)
Faintly visible between the telephone poles is the remaining berm of the 1950's and later alignment of US-87 from the Bordeaux Rd Exit 70. This view is looking south where S Wheatland Hwy turns to become WY-34 and passes under Interstate-25. Pavement is visible among the vegetation.
West of Interstate 25, Bordeaux Road turns into the original alignment of the Yellowstone Highway, US-185, and finally US-87. This section was abandoned some time in the 1940's or 50's when the road was routed straight through the hill north of here and visible from this intersection traveling North on the right hand side. This road ends a short distance ahead at a gate to private land. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANY GATES OR TRAVEL ON PRIVATE ROADS WITHOUT PERMISSION.
This is a picture further up the road from the one on the right at the property boundary where US-87 continued through the canyon up to meet with WY-34 as Ferguson Road today. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANY GATES OR TRAVEL ON PRIVATE ROADS WITHOUT PERMISSION.
This abandoned portion of the original alignment of US-87 still has a good amount of pavement on it. It is visible where the current S Chugwater Hwy intersections the old roadbed from the fence line. It was likely abandoned in the 1940's/50's in favor of the current alignment. Please do not cross onto private land or open an fences without permission.
This is a small remnant of the original 1926 and earlier alignment of US-185 and US-87 just south of Bordeaux Road. This was likely abandoned in the 1940s or 50s in favor of the cut to the north and new roadbed was laid under what is now Interstate-25. Traffic divider paint is faintly visible in the middle of the pavement. Please do not travel on this section as it is a private driveway now, it is easily visible from the Interstate-25 Northbound lanes.
Looking North from Antelope Creek road accessible from Exit 68 off Interstate 25, the road has been abandoned and cut off by Interstate construction leaving only this stub visible from the Southbound lanes off to the right over Antelope Creek. Antelope Creek Road is a private local traffic road with no through access, please respect locals and refrain from driving this portion.
Visible from the parking lot for the Quebec One Missile Alert facility just West of Exit 39, the old roadbed for the 1920s alignment of US-87 is visible. This section was possibly abandoned in the 1930s or 40s in favor of the current cutoff proceeding East at Exit 47. Please do not open any gates and refrain from traveling on this section on private land.
0.2 Miles from the Auto Gate onto Natrona CR 705 at Exit 197 off Interstate-25 is visible a remnant of the original Salt Creek Highway and US-87. This is a one lane paved concrete highway with curbs that was likely laid in the 1920's. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE ON THIS PORTION AS IT IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Just North of Westwinds Rd at Exit 194 after the turnoff for Hardford Airfield Rd is this strip of original US-87/Salt Creek Highway where only the curb is visible. It appears that sometime in the 1930's gravel was laid over it to create two lanes from the original one lane.
A beautifully preserved section of the original one lane concrete Salt Creek Highway and US-87 can be seen clearly from the stub road East on Westwinds Rd off Exit 194 from Interstate-25. This is likely from the 1920's when paving methods were being experimented with and when a state did not have the funds would pave only a one lane highway where infrequent traffic would slow down and pass each other over the curb. The roadbed appears to have been widened with gravel overlay that has since become overgrown and worn away to reveal the original concrete and curbs. Casper and Casper Mountain are visible in the background from this Southward view. Do not miss this beautiful piece!
Directly off Exit 47 to the West where Historic US-87 is rerouted around the interchange, a small private ranch road is the original roadbed for US-185 and later US-87. Traffic paint is still visible and the pavement is in decent condition. This section was bypassed sometime in the 1960's in favor of the current alignment now labeled as a Frontage Rd for I-25. Do not drive on this roadbed as it is on private property now.
Just West of Exit 246 on Powder River Rd where the current road turns South to cross the bridge, looking North you can see the original roadbed for US-87 at the gate. Please do not open any gates without permission from landowner.