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Devils Tower was named the first official national monument in 1906. Now Representative Cynthia Lummis is fighting to protect its name.

Sen. Lummis Introduces Bill Blocking Devils Tower Name Change

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso, to protect the name of one of northeast Wyoming's most recognizable landmarks: Devils Tower National Monument. Despite the monument being known as Devils Tower...

How Gillette Got Its Name #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Dec. 14, 1854, Edward Gillette was born in New Haven, Connecticut. As you can probably deduce, the town of Gillette was named after him. Edward Gillette had graduated from the Yale Scientific...

Naked Lady Liberty #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Jan. 11, 1891, the Wyoming Legislature approved a state seal, which was designed by Rep. Hugo Buechner. A Cheyenne jeweler. However, this would not go on to be the state seal...

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...

Slaughter’s Golden Stage Line: #ThisWeekInWYHistory

It’s been 142 years, nearly to the day, since 25-year-old Johnny Slaughter’s murder inspired a community to take a stand against highwaymen. The well-respected son of Cheyenne City Marshall Judge John Slaughter, Johnny was a stage coach driver on the Cheyenne-Deadwood stage line, the route between what would be Wyoming’s State Capital and the rich, gold-filled Black Hills.

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...

This Week in WY History: How A Dead Cow Started A War

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Aug. 19, 1854, 29 soldiers were killed in one of the first battles of a lengthy war between settlers and Native Americans. And it all started over a dispute involving a...

The Lost Lode Of The Bighorns: #ThisWeekInWyomingHistory

When most people think of treasure hunting, they think of shipwrecked troves, ancient pyramids, and maybe even Nicholas Cage. But, if Sheridan residents were to do a little digging, they might find a lode...

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...

The Murdering Poacher #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) To say Earl Durand was not a man who took to game management kindly is an understatement. In 1939, laws requiring hunting licenses were fairly new. Being a mountain man who lived...