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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,...

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 Crash of United Airlines 409 #ThisWeekInWYHistory

*Photo credit Bill Larkin, showing a DC-4 in United Airlines livery On Oct. 6, 1955, 66 people perished when their DC-4 crashed into Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Mountain Range of Wyoming. At the...

The History of the Cowboy Hat #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) In the hand of the silhouetted cowboy on the iconic Bucking Horse and Rider logo is a hat that is so well recognized, no one would mistake the image as one of...

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...

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 Wagon Box Fight #ThisWeekInWYHistory

On August 2, 1867, a group of 26 US soldiers and 6 US civilians held off a force of over 1,000 Oglala Sioux. Captain James Powell, commander of the C company of the 26th US...

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...

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...