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The Bad Pardon

#ThisWeekInWYHistory On Feb. 4, 1889, Wyoming Territorial Governor Thomas Moonlight decided to pardon a man who was incarcerated for stealing a horse, a saddle, and a gun from a ranch near Sundance. It would turn...

It Shook the Midwest: #ThisWeekInWyHistory

It was a calm, peaceful Thursday afternoon. Birds softly chirped their songs amid babbling brooks as a gentle breeze kissed the treetops of Yellowstone National Park. Joe Carder, of the National Park Service, had just...

The State Asylum #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) The Wyoming State Hospital, which still exists today, is easily spotted from I-80 that cuts through Evanston. On the opposite side of the highway is the local Wal-Mart. While the buildings visible from...

Did I Hear That Right? #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) This week in Wyoming history shows that accommodating growth in Gillette has been a struggle for much of the last century. And a couple innocent reports in a Wright newspaper reveal just...

When Legislators Attack #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Our legislature is gearing up for a budget session, and there’s a lot of debate around financial issues in the state. Not everyone agrees with everyone, and the discussions can get tense. Yet...

2019 is the Year of Wyoming Women: #ThisWeekInWyomingHistory

The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) announced 2019 is the “Year of Wyoming Women” as the state prepares to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. On Dec. 10, 1869, Wyoming Territory passed the...

Natural Born Killers #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) A lot of people probably remember Oliver Stone’s ultra-violent and notoriously controversial movie Natural Born Killers, which has since become a cult classic. What many may not know is the film was...

Happy Birthday Campbell County: #ThisWeekInWYHistory

An oil pump, a common site surrounding the plains of Gillette, Wyoming in 2019 which would be notably absent in the early 1900's, just like Campbell County.  It’s hard to picture Wyoming without Campbell County,...

The Teapot Dome Scandal #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Wyoming isn’t often associated with a lot of national news, much less a scandal that goes all the way to the president’s cabinet. But on April 16, 1922, a senate investigation blew...

Domestic Violence Murder Spree #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Gillette Police Officer Jon Hardy in his patrol car (Gillette, Wyo.) It’s not often Gillette lands in the national news, but for the worst reasons, on Dec. 20, 1983, Gillette was the location of a...