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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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Updates


1.  January 2:  Cheyenne and Casper newspapers added for January 2, 1917.

2.  January 3:  Cheyenne and Casper newspapers added for January 3, 1917.  Link added on item about Piggly Wiggly in Lander.  Photograph of USS Cheyenne added.

3.  January 4:  Cheyenne and Casper newspapers added for January 4, 1917.

4.  January 3:   Item about Liz Cheney being sworn into Congress, 2017.

5.  January 5:  Cheyenne and Casper newspaper added for 1917.

6.  January 3:  Item about Cheyenne's first female mayor being sworn in added.

7.  January 6:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

8.  January 10:  Details on the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody added.  Protest by National Women's Party added.  Both for 1917.

9.  January 11:  Items added in the "elsewhere" section for 1917 on the explosion in Lyndhurst, New Jersey and the Zimmerman Note being sent.  The introduction of the Ford Model TT in 1917 as added.

10.  January 16:  Item about the 1917 death of George Dewey in the Elsewhere section added.  2017 Equality Day added.

11.  January 17:  Item about the conclusion  of the joint commission with Mexico added for 1917.

12.  January 18:  Item about the order to withdraw from Mexico in 1917 added.

13.  January 20:  Item about the 1917 proposed prohibition amendment to the Wyoming constitution.  Trump inauguration. 1945 inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

14.  January 21:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

15.  January 20: Additional text added on Presidential inauguration and  the proposed public lands constitutional amendment.

16.  January 19:  Item about 2017 dismissal of capitol construction lawsuit added.

17.  January 23:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1917.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Farson Scenes

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Sandy Crossing, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.


This is a State of Wyoming monument to the Little Sandy Crossing in Sweetwater County, near Farson.   





Pony Express Monuments, Farson Wyoming


One of the disadvantages of taking these photos the way I do, on a catch as catch can basis, is that you get some truly lousy photographs that way. Weather and light conditions can simply be against you. But, on the passing by basis I take these, there's not much I can do about that as a rule.  I've driven past these monuments to the Pony Express at Farson a few times, but this is the first time I had time to stop and take a picture.  Unfortunately these late afternoon, sub zero photographs, are not good, and there isn't much I could do about it.


While you could never tell from this bad light photograph, this 2003 monument to the Pony Express shows to riders greeting each other on a starry night.  The winter snow has obscured, and dirtied, the monument.  If I have a  chance to photograph it again in morning light, I will.  The top of the monument says "East meets West".


This is an older State of Wyoming monument to the Pony Express which also notes the Big Sandy Station that was once on this location.


This monument to the Big Sandy Station was dedicated at the same time, and by the same donors, as the East Meets West monument. For some reason, this one looks just as clean as when it was dedicated, while the East Meets West monument does not.

The Ice Slough

Ice Slough, Fremont County, Wyoming


The Ice Slough, or what I used to always hear people around here refer it by, the "Icey Slough".



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Snow and the Blizzard of 1887

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Snow and the Blizzard of 1887: Last night it was cold, really cold. When I got up this morning, I checked our indoor outdoor thermometer which read -20. The weather app o...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lex Anteinternet: Looking back on '16. . . 2016 and 1916

Lex Anteinternet: Looking back on '16. . . 2016 and 1916: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne*? CHORUS: For ...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: 2016 exits, and 2017 begins

Lex Anteinternet: 2016 exits, and 2017 begins: “The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world ...

Friday, December 30, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Friday Farming: The Stock Raising Homestead Act o...

Lex Anteinternet: Friday Farming: The Stock Raising Homestead Act o...: Recently I've been posting the centennial of certain events as they occur.  Yesterday one such landmark passed by, that being the centen...

2016 Page Updates Vol VI


The old update process is too bulky, so we're trying something different here. Simply listing what's updated, with a link to it.  That way, interested folks can be aware there's an update and check that date, if interested.

1.  November 25, 1916. New items added for this date, for which there were none previously.

2.  November 26:  Newspaper from Cheyenne added for this date for 1916.  Correction made on the the date of death for Wyoming Governor Frank Lucas.

3.  November 27:   Laramie Daily Boomerang edition for this day in 1916 added.  Typographical error corrected.

4.  November 28:   Cheyenne State Leader added for this date in 1916.  Image of Cody bit added.

5.  2015 Page Updates item eliminated as no longer relevant.

6.  November 29:  Cheyenne newspapers added for this date in 1916.  Vol 1 of Updates for 2016 taken down as now obsolete.

7.  November 30:  Cheyenne newspaper added for this date in 1916, noting death of a Wyoming National Guardsman.  Thanksgiving 1916 noted.

8.  December 1:  Casper newspaper, in its entirety, added for this date in 1916 featuring the horrors of White Slavery and advertisements for Fords and things that Prohibitionist "enjoy".  Cheyenne newspapers added for 1916 featuring the horrors of the war in Mexico. Panoramic photo added of Army motor depot on border in 1916.

9.  December 2:  Cheyenne and Laramie newspapers added. for 1916.

10.  December 1:  State Land Board's denial of Bonander land exchange added for 2016

11.  December 3:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

12.  December 5:  Woodrow Wilson's State of the Union Address added for 1916.

13.  December 6:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1916.

14.  December 7:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1916.  Item about Farmer Al Falfa's Blind Pig, released this date in 1916, posted.

15. December 10:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1916.

16.  December 12:  Federal government buys inholding in Grand Tetons, Mead addresses legislators about budget.

17.  December 13:  Cheyenne newspaper added for 1916.

18.  December 14:  Post about the grounding of the US Submarine H3, tendered by the USS Cheyenne, added.  Post about John E. Osborne expanded.  Post about women practicing law in Quebec expanded.

19.  December 16:  Two Cheyenne newspapers added for 1916.

20  December 17:   Story on destruction of Inter Ocean hotel greatly expanded, Cheyenne newspaper added and Carranza rejection of protocol added, all for 1916.

21.  December 16:  Item on removal of Wyoming Range added.

22.  December 20:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

23.  December 21:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

24.  December 22:  Casper newspaper added.

25.  December 19:  Item on record wind storm added.

26.  December 23:  Cheyenne newspapers added.

27.  December 28:  Cheyenne newspaper added.

28.  December 29:  Casper paper added.  Text added about donation of land for St. Anthony's Church.  Text added about  the Ohio Oil Company..  Photograph added for Stock Raising Homestead Act of 1916.  All 2016 updates prior to this one eliminated as no longer relevant.

29.  December 30:  Cheyenne newspaper added.  Murder of Grigori Rasputin added.

30.  December 31:  In the last update for the year, a Cheyenne newspaper was added for this date.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: And then the shoe dropped. (But ...

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: And then the shoe dropped. (But ...: Just recently I reported on Cathy McMorris Rodgers being nominated, in anticipation style, to be Secretary of the Interior by President Elec...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Some Gave All: Sweetwater Station, Freemont County Wyoming.

Some Gave All: Sweetwater Station, Freemont County Wyoming.:




There's a highway rest station on top of Beaver Rim at Sweetwater Station that I've stopped in a million times, but I've never photographed it before.  Probably because there's always been a lot of
people there and I felt self conscious about it.  Anyhow, the other day I went through and it was just me, so I took these photos with my Iphone.

The photos here will be left large so that the details on the signs can be read.  I didn't do a very good job of photographing them while there, but it was relatively early in the day and light conditions were not idea.



This is a converging location on the trail and a lot of different things are significant about the spot.  It's a significant Oregon Trial spot in and of itself.  It was also the location of an Army post, protecting the trail, during the 1860s.  Lt. Caspar Collins, who lost his life famously leading a mixed company at the Battle of Platte Bridge Station, was stationed at Sweetwater Station.








Sunday, November 27, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: The November 1916 Election in Wyoming

Lex Anteinternet: The November 1916 Election in Wyoming: Today is the centennial of the 1916 General Election, and of course the eve of the 2016 General Election. We have the advantage of the 1916...
Posted late, due to a pre posting glitch.



By now, I'm sure everyone is sick of reading about elections. . . probably even century old ones.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Some Gave All: Owen Wister Monument, Medicine Bow Wyoming

Some Gave All: Owen Wister Monument, Medicine Bow Wyoming: This is a monument to Owen Wister in Medicine  Bow, Wyoming.  Granted, it isn't in the "some gave all category", but we hav...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: What are you reading?

Lex Anteinternet: What are you reading?: A new trailing thread, dedicated to what we're currently reading. And. . . we hope. . . with participation from you. What are you...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: The 2016 Election

I've posted on this item on yesterday's date, but this is an updated version, fwiw:
Lex Anteinternet: The 2016 Election: I didn't see that coming. . . like all of the rest of the pundits. It's been a wild election year. Yesterday, Donald Trum...

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Rally for Public Lands, Casper Wyoming, November 5...


Rally for Public Lands, Casper Wyoming, November 5, 2016

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 Rally for Public Lands:



 Join Us!

—WHEN—

Saturday, November 5th

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

—WHERE—

Izaak Walton League,

4205 Fort Caspar Road

—WHAT—

Live music, keynote speakers, food & drinks!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Dark Money

Lex Anteinternet: Dark Money: The Casper Star Tribune is running a series on "dark money", that being money of organizations that they can spend on political ca...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Westward Ho the Wagons

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: Westward Ho the Wagons: I can remember many years ago watching or listening to  various programs that ended with some form of the phrase – “and the rest is history...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: I.S. Bartlett - History of Wyoming

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: I.S. Bartlett - History of Wyoming: One of the earliest attempts to write a history of Wyoming was by Hartville resident, I. S. Bartlett and published in 1918. Vol 1 of the ...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Active at the time and in the region. Frank A. Me...

Lex Anteinternet: Active at the time and in the region. Frank A. Me...: Frank A. Meanea is one of the most famous of the late 19th and early 20th Century saddlemakers.  Meanea started off his career by working ...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Sidebar: Lex Anteinternet: The Wyoming National Guard and the Punitive Expedion

This post, which appears on one of companion blogs, has just been added here as a Sidebar (see the features off to the left hand margin of the blog).  We thought about posting it here as an original entry to this site, but it fits into the Punitive Expedition theme we're exploring on Lex Anteinternet.  We hope you enjoy it.
Lex Anteinternet: The Wyoming National Guard and the Punitive Expedi...: I'll confess, in making this post, that I have a soft spot for the National Guard.  In no small part that may be because I was in the A...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: Sign of the times? Casper Petro...

Lex Anteinternet: Lex Anteinternet: Sign of the times? Casper Petro...: We ran this news recently: Lex Anteinternet: Sign of the times? Casper Petroleum Club to close... : Founded in 1949 with the purpose to “...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Today In Wyoming's History: September 27. Disasters and ships.

From Today In Wyoming's History: September 27:
1923  Thirty railroad passengers were killed when a CB&Q train
wrecked at the Cole Creek Bridge, which had been washed out due to a
flood, in Natrona County.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical
Society.

1944 USS Natrona, a Haskell class attack transport, launched.
There's something in the county memorializing the latter (the ship's wheel, in the old courthouse), but not the former.

Such an awful disaster, you'd think there might be.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lex Anteinternet: Cowboy Boots

Lex Anteinternet: Cowboy Boots: Title: An array of boots at the F.M. Light & Sons western-wear store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Library of Congress photographs...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Some Gave All: Mormon Pioneer Memorial, Lyman Wyoming.

Some Gave All: Mormon Pioneer Memorial, Lyman Wyoming.:







This is a Mormon Pioneer Memorial at the rest stop in Lyman, Wyoming. 
It was obviously originally a private memorial and was likely moved to
its current location after the rest stop was built and Interstate 80
altered the original path of the Lincoln Highway.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: A Ride With The President

Wyoming Fact and Fiction: A Ride With The President: In late May of 1903 the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt,  rode 50 miles from Laramie to Cheyenne. The story is well know...