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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...