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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...

Wyoming Leads The Way in Women’s Vote #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Nov. 5, 1889, in a special election, the electorate of Wyoming approved the state’s constitution. It was the first state constitution to grant women the right to vote, and when Wyoming...

The Battle of Lightning Creek #ThisWeekInWyHistory

These nine men were arrested for murder, but the charges were later dropped. (Gillette, Wyo.) On Oct. 31, 1903, four Native Americans, a Native American’s wife whose race is unclear, a sheriff, and a deputy...

Alcohol Prohibition #ThisWeekInHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Oct. 27, 1919, Congress passed the Volstead Act, which effectively gave the federal government the power to stop people from consuming the alcohol many people wanted to drink, as was the...

The Blizzard of 1995 #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) As winter approaches, we have to wonder what's in store. This week in history reminds us winter sometimes arrives sooner than you expect. Twenty-two years ago today, a storm began brewing that would...

Did I Hear That Right? #ThisWeekInWyHistory

(Gillette, Wyo.) This week in Wyoming history shows that accommodating growth in Gillette has been a struggle for much of the last century. And a couple innocent reports in a Wright newspaper reveal just...

#ThisWeekInWyHistory

Now That’s Mudslinging People are debating a quarter-percent sales tax, and there’s a growing dialogue on the need for civility in the discussion. Passions can run high during an election, and there’s a tendency to...