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How To Use This Site

This blog was updated on a daily basis for about two years, with those daily entries ceasing on December 31, 2013. The blog is still active, however, and we hope that people stopping in, who find something lacking, will add to the daily entries.

The blog still receives new posts as well, but now it receives them on items of Wyoming history. That has always been a feature of the blog, but Wyoming's history is rich and there are many items that are not fully covered here, if covered at all. Over time, we hope to remedy that.

You can obtain an entire month's listings by hitting on the appropriate month below, or an individual day by hitting on that calendar date.

We hope you enjoy this site.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Updates for June, July, and August 2017

June 5:  Item on 1917 Conscription updated.

June 6:  New Bishop of Cheyenne installed, 2017.

June 13:  Newspapers added for 1917

June 14:  Several dates and items associated with Flag Day added.

June 18:  Item about Father's Day added.

June 19:  Newspaper for 1917 added and item on 1917 and 2017 eclipses added.

June 23:  Cars, women, vice, booze, newspapers, war, Indian battles.  Something for everyone for 1917.

July 13:  Newspapers for 1917 added.

July 20:  Newspapers for 1917 added.

August 1, 1917:  Item about prohibition from 1917 added.  Pope Benedict XV's peace statement item expanded upon.

August 5:   Link added for additional text on 1917 draft of the National Guard.

August 8:  International Cat Day added.

August 10:  Food and Fuel Administration Act of 1917 added.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wyoming Fact & Fiction - Neil A. Waring: Wyoming - The First Cattle

Wyoming Fact & Fiction - Neil A. Waring: Wyoming - The First Cattle: Living only a few blocks from the North Platte River, I often think about how important it once was. Not that it is unimportant today, supp...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lex Anteinternet: It's National Doughnut Day!

Lex Anteinternet: It's National Doughnut Day!: Or Donut Day, if you prefer. John A. Johnston, First Vice President of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Ironwork...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wyoming Fact & Fiction - Neil A. Waring: Western Books

Wyoming Fact & Fiction - Neil A. Waring: Western Books: I have often read that Owen Wister's publishing of  The Virginian , 115 years ago this week, on May 28, 1902, was the start of Wes...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Como Bluffs: Dinosaur Graveyard and Train Robberies

These two historic markers are located at Como Bluffs, between Rock River and Medicine Bow Wyoming. I'm sure I've stopped at them before, but it's probably been over thirty years and I've never photographed the markers before, or if I did it would have been that long ago.

The first marker is for the fossil fields nearby.  The sign tells the story.  I'd only note as an aside that my father told me that back in the 1940s he stopped at the fossil cabin with his father and the owner of hit gave him a fossilized dinosaur egg from the nearby fossil beds.  Unfortunately, it's long since been lost.

The train robberies sign also speaks for itself.  The first robbery noted is a famous one by The Whole In The Wall Gang, famously depicted in the film Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.  The other details the life of Bill Carlisle, the "Gentleman Bandit". 

Structures at this site are depicted in these two photographs, including the famous "fossil cabin".  A nearby sign notes that it was featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not".

Some Gave All: Wyoming Veterans Museum: World War One Display

Some Gave All: Wyoming Veterans Museum: World War One Display: Display dedicated to George Ostron, who was an accomplished armature illustrator and who won a contest to design what became the unit ins...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Updates for May, 2017

May 1:  Wyoming State hiring freeze added for 2017.

May 3:  Casper newspaper added for 1917.

May 10:  Item for 1917 on John J. Pershing added.

May 18:  Item on conscription and Federalization of the Wyoming National Guard, with newspapers, added for 1917.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lex Anteinternet: Baseball's Only Double No Hitter, May 2, 1917

And yes, it's off topic

Lex Anteinternet: Baseball's Only Double No Hitter, May 2, 1917:

On this day.

 Winning pitcher Toney.
The Reds v The Cubs.  Ten innings.  One run.  Victory to the Reds.

 Hippo Vaughn.

Fred Toney v. Hippo Vaughn.  They both pitched the entire game.

When the run came in, and the Cubs lost, Cubs owner Charlie Weeghman stuck his head into the Cubs clubhouse and yelled at the team, “You’re all a bunch of asses!

 Charlie Weeghman, far left, in 1914.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Updates for April, 2017

April 1:  Cheyenne newspaper for 1917 added.

April 2:  Text of Wilson speech added.  Off topic item about Sen Lodge added.  Cheyenne newspaper for 1917 added.

April 3:  Cheyenne, Laramie and Casper newspapers for 1917 added.

April 4:  Somewhat off topic speeches by Nebraska Senator Norris and Ohio Senator Harding about entering World War One, from opposite views, added.  Laramie and Cheyenne newspapers for 1917 added.

April 5:  Cheyenne and Douglas newspapers added for 1917

April 6:  Cheyenne and Laramie newspapers added for 1917

April 7:  Cheyenne and Casper newspapers added for 1917.

April 8:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1917.

April 13:  Item on National Council of Defense for 1917 expanded.

April 15:  Cheyenne newspaper for 1917 added.

April 26:  Cheyenne newspaper for 1917 added.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Some Gave All: The Black 14, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming

Some Gave All: The Black 14, University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming

This is a monument to The Black 14 in the University of Wyoming's Student Union.

The Black 14 were fourteen University of Wyoming football players who, in 1969, wanted to wear black armbands during the University of Wyoming v. Brigham Young football game. The action was intended to protest the policy of the Mormon church in excluding blacks from leadership roles in their church.  Coach Eaton, the UW football coach at the time, dismissed all fourteen players prior to the game, ending their football careers at UW and, at least in some cases, simply ending them entirely.

The event was controversial at the time, and to a lesser degree, has remained so.  Generally, in most of Wyoming, Coach Eaton was supported, rather than the players, which doesn't mean that the players did not have support.  As time has gone on, however, views have changed and generally the players are regarded as heroes for their stand.  Views on Eaton are qualified, with some feeling he was in the wrong, and others feeling that he was between a rock and a hard place and acted as best as
he could, even if that was not for the best.

It is indeed possible even now to see both sides of the dramatic event.  The players wanted to wear black armbands in protest of the Mormon's policy of not allowing blacks to be admitted to the Mormon priesthood and therefore also excluding them from positions of leadership in the Mormon church.  This policy was well know in much of Wyoming as the Mormon theology behind it, which held that blacks were descendant of an unnatural union on the part of Noah's son Cain, resulted in black human beings.  This was unlikely to be widely known, however, amongst blacks at the University of Wyoming, most of whom (but not all of which) came from outside of the state.  A week or so prior to the UW v. BYU game, however, Willie Black, a black doctoral candidate at UW who was not on the football team, learned of the policy.  Black was head of the Black Students Alliance and called for a protest.  The plan to wear armbands then developed.
The protest, therefore, came in the context of a civil rights vs. religious concepts background, a tough matter in any context.  To make worse, it also came during the late 60s which was a time of protest, and there had been one against the Vietnam War just days prior to the scheduled game. Following that, Eaton reminded his players of UW's policy against student athletes participating in any demonstration, a policy which raises its own civil liberties concern. The players went ahead with their plans and Eaton removed all of them from the team.
Looked at now, it remains easy to see why Eaton felt that he had to act, while also feeling that he acted much too harshly.  Not everyone agrees with this view by any means, however.  Many, but a declining number, still feel Eaton was right.  A much larger number feel he was definitely wrong.  Few hold a nuanced view like I've expressed.  Even those who felt that Eaton was right often admire the protesting players, however. 
Anyway its looked at, the Black 14 are now a definite part of Wyoming's legacy as The Equality State, even if most of them were not from here (at least one, and maybe more, were).  This year at Wyoming History Day, a statewide high school history presentation competition, which had the theme of "taking a stand", they were the subject of one static display and two video presentations.  They may be more well remembered now than at any time since the late 1970s, and this memorial in the student union certainly contributes to that.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

It seemed wet

The Casper Star Tribune is reporting that:
Wyoming’s three main winter months – December through February – were the wettest in the state’s recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.
Almost 5.5 inches of precipitation fell on the state this season, breaking the previous record of 4.93 inches set in 1898.
It seemed wet, that's for sure.

And its not really over yet.

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Wyoming Experiences a Population Decline for the first time since 1990

The Casper Star Tribune is reporting that:
Wyoming’s population contracted for the first time in nearly three decades, likely because people left the state for work elsewhere, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau and state.

In July, 585,501 people called the Cowboy State home, a decrease of 0.2 percent from July 2015, or 1,054 fewer Wyomingites.
We always have a transient population, and surely this came as no surprise to anyone who watched how heated the oil and gas fields became in the last few years.  Many of the workers who came in at that time expressed an intent to return home when they could, and they no doubt did.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Wyoming Pioneer Sheep-Man J D Woodruff

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Wyoming Pioneer Sheep-Man J D Woodruff: According to my calendar, Spring-2017 started yesterday, and it felt like it. Today seems like we slipped back into the ending days of wint...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lex Anteinternet: 1917 The Year that made Casper what it is. Or ma...

From one of our companion blogs:
Lex Anteinternet: 1917 The Year that made Casper what it is. Or ma...: I have no before and after pictures for Casper that would cleanly show what the town looked like in January, 1916 and then later looked lik...
Added, we'd note, the Sidebars here on this site.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lex Anteinternet: Czar Nicholas abdicates.

Lex Anteinternet: Czar Nicholas abdicates.: The Headquarters To the Chief of Staff In the days of the great struggle against the foreign enemy, which almost for three years has t...