Wyoming History

The Greatest Inventions in Wyoming History
According the Wyoming State Library, over 4,200 patents have been issued to inventors here in the Cowboy State. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest inventions in Wyoming history. The first patent in the Territory of Wyoming was issued in 1870 to George Choate, who developed an improvem…
Do You Remember the ‘Flood of 1978’?
39 years ago, one of the worst floods in Wyoming history began. It started with heavy rain on the morning of May 15, 1978, which later turned to snow. As the storm spread, property damage was reported in 12 counties. Over 100 homes were destroyed, dozens of bridges and roads were flooded, and power …
A Wyoming Tribute to Actor Powers Boothe
Television and movie fans were shocked to hear about the passing of actor Powers Boothe this weekend. Booth was well-known for several iconic roles, including one fictional character with a “real-life” Wyoming connection. For three seasons, from 2004 through 2006, Boothe port…
67 Years Ago: The Most Morbid Discovery in Wyoming History
John Osborne was the third Governor of Wyoming, the state’s largest sheep farmer, a banker, doctor, chemist, United States Congressman and the United States Assistant Secretary of State. Osborne’s biggest claim to fame, however, was his morbid curiosity with dead bodies; particula…
Cinco De Mayo Trivia: Wyoming Was Once Ruled By Mexico
Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, where Mexico manhandled a much larger French Army. Although present day Wyoming was already a United States Territory in 1862, nearly 10 percent of land in the Cowboy State was once a part of Mexico. Most of what would later become our state…
A Kentucky Derby Tribute To Wyoming’s Greatest Horses
Just in time for the 143rd “run for the roses” this weekend, here’s a Kentucky Derby tribute to the greatest horses in Wyoming history. 1. Steamboat – Born in 1896 near Chugwater, Wyoming, Steamboat was widely considered among the best bucking broncos in rodeo history. Ni…
The First ‘Saloon’ Was In Wyoming
One of the most enduring icons of the 1800’s is the old “wild west” saloon. Did you know the very first establishment to ever call itself a saloon was here in Wyoming? Brown’s Saloon was established in 1822 to serve thirsty fur trappers at the Brown’s Hole …
Wyoming Anniversary: The Blizzard of 1984
33 years ago this week, one of the worst spring storms in Wyoming history dumped nearly three feet of snow on the Cowboy State. The snow began falling on April 25, 1984, and didn’t let up for three days. But wind was the biggest problems. Parts of the state recorded hurricane force gusts whic…
146 Years Ago Today: Wyoming’s First (Legal) Hanging
April 21st marks an infamous anniversary. 146 years ago today, in 1871, John Boyer was the first man to be legally executed in Wyoming. Prior to Boyer, several outlaws had met the end of the noose due to vigilante justice, but this was the first legal hanging ever carried out in the fledgling t…

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