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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...

The Blizzard of 1995 #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) As winter approaches, we have to wonder what's in store. This week in history reminds us winter sometimes arrives sooner than you expect. Twenty-two years ago today, a storm began brewing that would...
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...

The Death of Matthew Shepard #ThisWeekInWYHistory

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death after he was kidnapped, robbed, and pistol-whipped in Laramie. His attackers tied him to a fence and left to die in near-freezing temperatures. A...

The Bad Pardon #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) 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...

John Phillips #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Nov. 18, 1883, John Phillips died. He is remembered as the civilian who in Dec. 1866 rode 236 miles from Ft. Phil Kearny to Ft. Laramie after the Fetterman Fight, as...

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...

Late Spring Killer Blizzard #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) People this week have noticed a considerable improvement in the weather. While it seemed we had a winter stubbornly unwilling to dislodge itself and yield to spring, a blizzard that began on...

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...

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...