Tiny Aladdin, Wyoming is For Sale

Tiny Aladdin, Wyoming is For Sale

Aladdin is a former coal mining settlement in Crook County, today a tiny roadside stop in the Black Hills of northeastern Wyoming, just a short drive from Devils Tower National Monument. Census records indicate a peak population of 200 people during its coal mining heydey, but today, only 15 residents reportedly remain. The centerpiece of Aladdin is the 118-year old General Store which does a brisk business serving travelers on the road between Devils Tower and Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Aladdin, Wyoming

In July of 2014, the owners of Aladdin put the town up for sale. A sign on the door of the store reads, “This town is for sale. Store, house, bar, trailer park, post office, 30 acres, $1,500,000 firm.” There have been several interested buyers, but so far, no takers.

Aladdin, Wyoming

Any potential buyer with plans to operate the General Store would have to make a strong commitment of both dollars and labor. There is no running water at all in the store (travelers use outhouses when necessary), heat is provided by a wood burning stove, and running the town is a full-time job, seven days per week.

Aladdin, Wyoming



Aladdin, Wyoming

The inside of the store is absolutely packed with antiques and souvenirs. We spent a good twenty minutes inside shopping and imagining what it was like in the 1800s.

Aladdin, Wyoming

Just down the road from Aladdin is a former coal tipple, now a state historic site.

Aladdin, Wyoming

During its operational days, this tipple facilitated the coal mine at the top of the slope. A mine car would carry ore to the top of this structure and “tip,” dropping a load of coal down the chute into a waiting Wyoming and Missouri Valley railroad car at the bottom.

Aladdin, Wyoming

If you enjoy abandoned places and the high plains, check out our book, Churches of the High Plains.

Aladdin, Wyoming

There is a quite nice, paved walking path that leads from the bottom of the tipple to the actual mine entrance at the top, and you will be treated to an amazing view if you make the short, uphill hike.

Aladdin, Wyoming

Aladdin, Wyoming

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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6 thoughts on “Tiny Aladdin, Wyoming is For Sale

  1. I can remember stopping here as a kid as we traveled from Aberdeen, SD to my relatives ranches just north of Hulett, WY. Two of my great-uncles homesteaded near here.

  2. I remember when my aunt and uncle managed the cafe and hotel there and I spent my summer there working in the cafe

  3. If you’ve got the money, Honey, I’ve got the time. I’d love to keep the woodstove burning. I was in the neighborhood several times last week. Now back in Arizona Remembering the coolness.

  4. I wish I was in a better set right now I would buy it. We were out that way this summer. I would give anything to live were I want. I’ve been looking to move to Montana. But I love it in Wyoming too.

  5. My husband and I were touring the national parks ,this particular day we came upon Aladdin.
    Coming from England we were totally fasinatted,we stopped and went in the general store it was like somethings we hadn’t seen before so quaint,we don’t have enything like it in the UK we bought a few things ,one of the items was a plate with Aladdins store on it got it on my kitchen wall .
    Would love to visit again

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