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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...

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...

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...

Johnson County War #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Imagine a large corporation vilifying small business owners in “fake news” articles and then bringing in a large group of hired guns and employees to kill those smaller competitors. That’s essentially what...

Wyoming’s Automaker #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Wyoming could have been Ground Zero for a transportation revolution. For a brief moment, Wyoming was jumping on the development bandwagon of the horseless carriage. One young innovator in Laramie set out...

The Murdering Poacher #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) To say Earl Durand was not a man who took to game management kindly is an understatement. In 1939, laws requiring hunting licenses were fairly new. Being a mountain man who lived...

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...

The Bad Pardon #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Feb. 4, 1889, Wyoming Territorial Governor Thomas Moonlight decided to pardon a man who was incarcerated for stealing a horse, a saddle, and a gun from a ranch near Sundance. It...