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Natural Born Killers #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) A lot of people probably remember Oliver Stone’s ultra-violent and notoriously controversial movie Natural Born Killers, which has since become a cult classic. What many may not know is the film was...

When Legislators Attack #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Our legislature is gearing up for a budget session, and there’s a lot of debate around financial issues in the state. Not everyone agrees with everyone, and the discussions can get tense. Yet...

Naked Lady Liberty #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Jan. 11, 1891, the Wyoming Legislature approved a state seal, which was designed by Rep. Hugo Buechner. A Cheyenne jeweler. However, this would not go on to be the state seal...

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...

African American War Hero #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) Wyoming has a very small population of African Americans. Only Montana has fewer, and as a percentage of the total state population, Wyoming ranks ninth lowest, according to Census figures. But on Dec....

Domestic Violence Murder Spree #ThisWeekInWYHistory

Gillette Police Officer Jon Hardy in his patrol car (Gillette, Wyo.) It’s not often Gillette lands in the national news, but for the worst reasons, on Dec. 20, 1983, Gillette was the location of a...

How Gillette Got Its Name #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Dec. 14, 1854, Edward Gillette was born in New Haven, Connecticut. As you can probably deduce, the town of Gillette was named after him. Edward Gillette had graduated from the Yale Scientific...

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...

Shoes Made From Human Skin #ThisWeekInWYHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) What do a medicine bag and pair of shoes made of human skin, an ashtray made from the top of a human skull, Wyoming’s first female doctor, and a Wyoming governor all...

John Phillips #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Nov. 18, 1883, John Phillips died. He is remembered as the civilian who in Dec. 1866 rode 236 miles from Ft. Phil Kearny to Ft. Laramie after the Fetterman Fight, as...