Empire for Sale

The See Ben Realty Co. of Casper, Wyo., Ben L. Sherck, prop., offered a bargain in western real estate last week—the Big Horn country's fabled Lost Cabin Ranch. Many a prospective customer was disconcerted at its size—Lost Cabin was designed expressly for an old-fashioned range king. But armchair adventurers were fascinated by its sagebrush-scented legend.

The first chapter was written in 1865, when seven bearded Swedes drifted out of the Big Horn Mountains, halted in a cottonwood grove to pan the gravel of an icy foothill creek. It was rich with coarse gold....

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