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#ThisWeekInWyHistory

Now That’s Mudslinging People are debating a quarter-percent sales tax, and there’s a growing dialogue on the need for civility in the discussion. Passions can run high during an election, and there’s a tendency to...
Campbell County Courthouse

Gov. Gordon Appoints Heally as District Court Judge

Governor Mark Gordon announced Friday the appointment of Stuart S. Healy III to fill the upcoming District Court Judge vacancy for the Sixth Judicial District, following the retirement of Judge Michael “Nick” Deegan, who's last...

Wyoming Leads The Way in Women’s Vote #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Nov. 5, 1889, in a special election, the electorate of Wyoming approved the state’s constitution. It was the first state constitution to grant women the right to vote, and when Wyoming...

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 British Are Coming…To Visit! #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Whenever there’s a royal wedding or another big monarchial event, I’m always left scratching my head at how popular these events can be. Didn’t we fight a war to get rid of these people? Well,...

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.

Was Tom Horn Innocent? #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) The early part of the Twentieth Century was a violent time in Wyoming history. Cattle barons fought with shepherds. Property rights were weakly enforced, and grazing land was largely distributed on a...

World’s First Stewardess #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On May 15, 1930, a Boeing 80A making a commercial flight from San Francisco to Chicago made a stop in Cheyenne, one of 13 it would make before landing in Chicago 20...

Blizzard of 1949 #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) As the East Coast gets hammered with a “bomb cyclone,” we’re enjoying some warmer weather here in Gillette. It was a different story on Jan. 2, 1949. The state got hit with...

Heart Mountain Japanese Interment Camp: #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into a global conflict from which it had previously shied away. The following year, on Feb. 19, President Franklin...