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2019 is the Year of Wyoming Women: #ThisWeekInWyomingHistory

The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) announced 2019 is the “Year of Wyoming Women” as the state prepares to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. On Dec. 10, 1869, Wyoming Territory passed the...

Wine of Wyoming #ThisWeekInWYHistory

On Oct. 27, 1933, Earnest Hemingway published Winner Take Nothing, which included the short story, “Wine of Wyoming.” It’s not one of his more well-known stories, owing to the fact much of the dialogue is...

Gillette Veterans’ Memorial Tour 2018 #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Mary Kelly, president of the Gillette Historical Society, told some incredible stories today of Campbell County men and woman who served in conflicts going back as far as the Spanish-American War. The Campbell County Historical...

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

This story was originally written by TJ Parks and was published on Aug. 3, 2018 On August 2, 1867, a group of 26 US soldiers and 6 US civilians held off a force of...