Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mad Dog and The Pilgrim

Last week, I made a road trip with two of my knitting buddies. The trip was a short one, only 40 minutes from home, but it took us to another world - a world filled with adventure, intrigue, romance, and locations that only words can create. 

We entered the world of Mad Dog and The Pilgrim, two local women, who sell books mostly online, but they also sell to those who happen upon the large barn near their home. This site explains why they relocated their business from Denver, CO to isolated Sweetwater Station, WY with a population less than ten people. Yes, you read that correctly - less than ten individuals.

In the barn, books of all sizes and ages are on display as well as packed in boxes. It is  book lovers' heaven.

Around every corner is yet another area with even more books, beautiful antique furniture, a variety of paintings and prints as well as oddities.

History books and biographies can be found in this section of the barn.

Up stairs is a collection of fiction, religion, and philosophy. Tucked in the shelves are even first editions and signed copies.

For the casual shopper, the sight of all the books is nearly over-whelming.

Cheryl and Sheri compare their height to "Moses."

Polly Hinds, aka "The Pilgrim," was quick to assist in finding specific topics and/or books. Note the sign on top of the counter: since the shop is on a working sheep ranch, no one may be in the store when customers arrive. A bell on the gate alerts Polly and Lynda that someone has stopped by either for a visit or to browse for some books.

I found a delightful volume of short essays, an Amish cookbook, and a historical account about the Tie Hacks in the Dubois area. Cheryl found a One Skein Wonders knitting book. The prices were very reasonable, and the books are in excellent condition.

If you are looking for a specific book, I urge you to contact Mad Dog and The Pilgrim. As their sign states, "If we cain't find it, it cain't be found."

Mad Dog and The Pilgrim is open 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; or by special appointment for those who call or message ahead at 307-544-2203 or


  1. Wow, that's quite a place! Makes me wish I lived close enough to stop in for books and fresh eggs.

  2. Well I need to add this to my list of places to visit when I travel up that way again! How interesting. So does it look like a regular barn on the outside?

  3. Nancy, this is a wonderful post. I followed the link and read why they moved. :( Thanks for the post.

  4. That is a lot of books....can't imagine how they find anything.

  5. Wow! That is an amazing place. I'm so glad you shared this story.

  6. Sounds like a wonderful place! :-)

  7. Hey...what a cool cool place. Love books books and books.
    I am book...marking this post for future reference

  8. Looks like a wonderful place to visit!!

  9. What a superb shop. I could spend hours there!

  10. Who would have guessed .... such a wonderful book store out in the middle of nowhere!! And I thought only Nebraska has places like this!! LOLOL

  11. The book store is amazing. Your two friends certainly look to be interesting characters. I bet they are fun to travel with.
    Rebel Follower

    1. You are too funny, my "interesting" friend! Yes, both of them are fun travel companions, but yikes, the one on the right is a wild women behind the wheel! ;oD

  12. What a great place! I could get lost in there for days!

  13. Wow! That is my idea of a road trip to heaven!!! I could browse in there until I starved to death :*)

  14. What a great find! My kind of place!! I bet you had the best time there! :)

  15. How fun. I wish I could go there too. You did a great job telling the story & your pictures are awesome! Thank you for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle


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