Art: Collecting in Wyoming

A happier town last week was Rock Springs (pop. 11,500), Wyo. No casual visitor would ever catalogue it as an art center. Union Pacific streamliners rumble through its heart, the streets are lined with 26 busy bars, and the town's big preoccupations are railroads and coal. But Rock Springs owns one of the liveliest collections of contemporary American art in the Rockies—some 275 paintings, lithographs and etchings by such artists as Frederic Taubes, Aaron Bohrod and Grandma Moses. And Rock Springs is busy collecting more.

Most of the credit goes to Rock Springs' children...

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