One of southeast Wyoming's most popular scenic attractions bears the name of the family headed by Alvah Washington Ayres: this is the Ayres Natural Bridge, located several miles west of Douglas.
After coming west from Kansas in 1860, Ayres drove wagon teams for more than 20 years, in both Colorado and Wyoming. It was during this itinerant life that he first saw the bridge that now bears his name: a natural span of rock that stretches across the flowing waters of LaPrele Creek. In 1882, he homesteaded the scenic land around this bridge and began raising cattle and horses.
Ayres was active in state politics, serving as a Representative in 1892. He was also instrumental in organizing the Wyoming Pioneer Association, an organization devoted to researching and recording the early history of the state.
Ayres was mortally injured in 1918 on a trip to Douglas, when an automobile frightened the team of horses he was driving, and sent his wagon out of control.
In 1920, the land that is today known as Ayres Natural Bridge Park was deeded to Converse County by Ayres' adopted son, Andrew--son of Sallie O. (Clay) Button, whom Ayres had wed in 1890. Today, the Park is maintained and administered by Converse County, and is open to the public on a seasonal basis.
Sallie Osborn Clay Ayres (1850 - 1911)*
Douglas Park Cemetery
Maintained by: David Reese
Originally Created by: Chris Calcut
Record added: Jun 14, 2006
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