History in the making
Thanks in part to the efforts of the Entrada Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the natural, historical and cultural heritage in the region, Torrey has become known as “the biggest little city Wayne County.” This small town, population 171, even has three denominations of churches. Torrey has always attracted famous visitors, including Major John Wesley Powell, Butch Cassidy, Zane Grey and Maynard Dixon. Originally settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1880s and called Youngstown, the town was renamed when it got a post office, in honor of Wyoming legislator and Rough Rider Colonel Jay L. Torrey. Today visitors to Torrey can experience pioneer history up close by staying overnight in the renovated 1914 historic brick schoolhouse.
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