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When Cattlemen Attack #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On March 9, 1904, about 300 sheep were destroyed near Laramie, along with the camps of the herders watching over them. It was fortunate no one was killed considering the war that...

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...

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...

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.

The Battle of Lightning Creek #ThisWeekInWyHistory

These nine men were arrested for murder, but the charges were later dropped. (Gillette, Wyo.) On Oct. 31, 1903, four Native Americans, a Native American’s wife whose race is unclear, a sheriff, and a deputy...

Theodore Roosevelt’s Yellowstone Camping Trip #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) While Wyoming has the distinction of being the one of the least populated states in the country, it has nonetheless enjoyed visits by every single president, except two, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin...

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...

Death Knell on the Range: #ThisWeekInWYHistory

On Jan. 9, 1887, record snowfall and subarctic temperatures decimated Wyoming’s once booming and profitable cattle industry. Historians remain divided on exactly how badly injured the cattle industry had been, but reports state that Wyoming...

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...
Rocking machines for oil production in a private sector.

This Law Shaped the Future of Wyoming: #ThisWeekInWYHistory

It’s a story with familiar elements that arise from time to time throughout our nation’s history; the federal government notices land with valuable qualities and then reaches out and takes it “for the good...