Located along Highway 30/287, Hanna was founded as a Union Pacific Coal Company town in 1888. It's rich past is rooted in railroad expansion and 122 years of mining one of Wyoming’s largest and richest coal sites. Although the mines are no longer in operation, Hanna honors it's history with monuments to the men who lost their lives in two separate explosions in 1903 and 1908. Additionally, a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from Hanna and the ghost town of Carbon can be found at the Hanna Basin Museum. Skinny's Beer Garden and Dingy Dan's are the local hangouts. Poulos' Nugget Bar (in Elmo) features "steak night" every Thursday in the summertime and boasts rave reviews.
Hanna has two public schools: Hanna Elementary (K-6) and H-E-M Junior/Senior High School (7-12). H-E-M is one of three high schools in Carbon County School District #2 and serves the communities of Hanna, Medicine Bow and Elk Mountain. It has a graduation rate of 92%. Carbon County School District #2 has a total enrollment of about 333 students, with schools located in the communities of Elk Mountain, Encampment, Hanna, Medicine Bow and Saratoga.
Households in Hanna earn a median yearly income of $50,861. 22% of the households earn more than the national average each year. Household expenditures average $50,024 per year.
76% of the people in Hanna are homeowners. The median home cost in Hanna is $78,300. Homes here have appreciated in value by -2.7% over the last 10 years. The average rent for a 2-bedroom dwelling is $702/month.
Memorial Hospital of Carbon County - Hanna Family Practice Clinic is located in Hanna and serves the communities of Hanna, Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow.
In 1888, at the request of the Union Pacific Railroad, Mark Hanna toured the Wyoming coal mines. His advise to develop the coal fields at Chimney Springs led to the abandonment of the coal field at Carbon (and consequently the town of Carbon). Chimney Springs was renamed Hanna, after Mark Hanna.
The Hanna Basin includes the Wyoming towns of Hanna and Elmo and the coal camps of Carbon, Sampo and Dana, which are now ghost towns.
The Hanna Basin mines produced over 220 million tons of coal, over 144 years, from 1868 to 2012.
The “Miracle Mile” is the 7-mile stretch of the North Platte River between the Kortes Dam below Seminoe Reservoir and the headwaters of Pathfinder Reservoir. Trophy-size rainbow and brown trout thrive in these waters and can weigh between 5 and 10 pounds.View website
This frontier Army post, which served as a hub for both the military and Wyoming’s lumber and livestock industries, is located just off I-80 at Exit 228. Many of the foundations are visible but very few structures are intact.View website
Located 9 miles east and southeast of Hanna, the town of Carbon was founded in 1868 as Wyoming's first coal town. In 1890, a fire destroyed most of the town's structures. Today, only traces of the old town and the cemetery remain.View website
Exhibits feature the history of the Hanna and Carbon Basins, including Hanna’s boom days early in the 20th century, casualty lists from two disastrous mine explosions (one in 1903 and the other in 1908), cemetery maps, the railroad, homesteading and ranching.View website
Managed by Hanna Parks & Recreation, the facility includes a 75-feet swimming pool with a wading pool, and water slide, racquetball court, weight room, aerobics room, and basketball courts. Daily admission and memberships are available.View website
Two disastrous explosions, one in 1903 and the other in 1908, claimed the lives of 228 local coal miners. Three monuments that commemorate the loss of those who died are on display at the park next to the Hanna Recreation Center and in the Hanna Cemetery.View website