Wyo. officials: Eclipse likely biggest event

A young girl watches the solar eclipse during a solar eclipse watch party at the Laramie County Library on Monday in Cheyenne, Wyo. They city was near the totality path, which resulted in 97.5 percent of the sun being covered and a 15-20 degree drop in temperatures. Blaine McCartney / Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE — Monday’s eclipse was likely Wyoming’s largest tourism event in history.

Eclipse passes without major disruption

Marie, Debby, and Josie Scales, along with other visitors to the Museum of Idaho watch as the total solar eclipse finishes over Idaho Falls on Monday. The Scales family is visiting Idaho Falls from San Diego, Calif. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

In the months leading up to the Great American Eclipse, there were major concerns about disruptions from a sudden, massive influx of tourists. With widely varying estimates of the number of possible visitors, many locals wonderedwhether there could be catastrophic results, or whether the whole thing would be all smoke and no fire. Would it be an eclipsepocalypse or a repeat of the much-hyped Y2K bug?

Roughly 1 million visited Wyoming for eclipse

Traffic backed up for more than 10 miles near the Glendo exit on Interstate 25 during the total solar eclipse in Glendo, Wyo., on Monday. Glendo had a totality time of two minutes and 27 seconds, the longest totality time in the state. Jacob Byk / Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE — Major roadways in Wyoming looked more like rush hour highways in Los Angeles than interstates on the high plains Monday as an estimated 1 million people flocked to the state to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

Traffic remains congested in Yellowstone

An unidentified woman watches the approaching eclipse on Monday as hundreds of other tourists stay focused on an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The eclipse drew large crowds to the park and many visitors stayed at the park afterward to enjoy its many sites. Yellowstone Forever / Matt Ludin

Yellowstone National Park continues to see heavy vehicle traffic in the wake of Monday’s eclipse.

Visitors enjoy museum eclipse events

Charissa Nelson, 6, shoots an arrow from a straw during a STEM event at the Museum of Idaho after the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

A handful of tourists continued to mill around Idaho Falls after Monday’s total solar eclipse, enjoying the Museum of Idaho’s offeringsfor visitors who didn’t want to sit in traffic after the celestial event.

River Walk visitors stunned by eclipse

Diana Alanis, left, and Mario Alanis, of San Jose, Calif., watch the final moments of the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

As the last of the sun’s blinding rays were blocked out by the shadow of the moon, the sun’s silver-blue corona became visible and a whoop rang out along Idaho Falls’ River Walk. Pim Jansen and Joanna Govers traveled to Idaho Falls all the way from their home in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They had been planning the trip for nearly a decade.


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