Author James Michener has some advice for Wyoming residents: build a wall around the state to "keep the goons out."
Michener, the author of "Centennial," told about 100 people in Cheyenne on Thursday that the state needs to resist the temptation to corrupt its natural resources and prevent incursions on Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks.Michener, who spent some time in Wyoming in the 1970s researching "Centennial," said steps are needed to preserve the state's natural beauty. One of his suggestions was buying a ranch and preserving it so children in 50 years will be able to see what ranch life was like.
"I said a few years ago I would build a wall around Wyoming to keep the goons out," he said. "I guess I still think that."
Michener, 83, was in Wyoming to help the state celebrate its centennial.
"We should keep this as a treasurehouse for the rest of the country," he said.
Wyoming will become increasingly popular as a haven from the accelerating pace of life, Michener said.