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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 Bloody Bozeman: #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Usually there’s a reason for taking the long way around. In the 1860s, the safest way to reach the gold mines of Montana was to avoid the Powder River Basin, usually by breaking from the...

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...

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...

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...