The wild webcam west: How hundreds of viewers watch in on Wyoming's Jackson Hole every weekend as the weird and wonderful hit the town in fancy dress, head to the rodeo and do press ups in the middle of the street
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
The internet is addicted to webcam footage from Wyoming’s Jackson Hole – thanks to 66 well-placed cameras scattered across the Western town.
From playful police to pooping horses, the livestreams have a little bit of everything – and have made the town of Jackson the most live-streamed in the world.
The unprecedented network of webcams is the brainchild of Bob Strobel, who won a seat in Wyoming’s House of Representatives this time last year.
A few years before, he came up with the idea to bring Jackson Hole to the rest of the world via voyeurism, and quickly went viral with a stream from the town’s center.
Today, that stream is still going – joined by other cameras at Spring Creek Resort, Teton Village, and Hatchet Resort. They are now considered the centerpieces of the town’s tourism, while also offering the opportunity for memes abound.
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‘I thought it was fun. I thought it was cute,’ the 47-year-old rep for Wyoming House of Representatives District 22 told Cowboy State Daily of his brainchild, which has ballooned into much more than an internet trend.
‘That whole craze with cops doing pushups and dabbing, people making memes,’ he continued, citing some of the activity his cameras and thousands of others have seen over the past seven years.