1839 Stephen Wheeler Downey was born in Westport Maryland. He served as a officer in the Union Army up until the Battle of Harpers Ferry, at which he was wounded. Thereafter he resumed his studies and was admitted to the Washington D.C. bar in 1863. In 1869 he moved to Wyoming where he practiced law, usually as a prosecutor, for the balance of his life, save for a period of time in which he was a territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress. He also operated a survey office. As a member of Wyoming's legislature, he introduced the bill sponsoring the University of Wyoming in 1886 and is therefore regarded as the Father of the University of Wyoming. Downey Hall at the University is named after him.
1865 Lt. Bretney of Company G, 11th Ohio Cavalry, leaves Sweetwater Station with Cpt. A. Smyth Lybe of the 3d U.S. Vol. Infantry to go to Ft. Laramie, about 150 miles away, to collect their units pay. On the way they learn of the presence of Indian activity. They encounter Sgt. Amos Custard of the 11th Kansas Cavalry with a party of wagons about 25 miles west of Platte Bridge Station and encourage him to proceed on that day with them, but Custard refuses on the basis that his animals were tired. Bretney and Smyth would not arrive at Platte Bridge Station until 2:00 am.
1865 Sioux and Cheyenne attacked "Camp Dodge" near present day Casper. Attribution: On This Day.
1868 Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
1895 Bannock Indians surround 250 settlers in Jackson Hole but are dispersed by the 9th Cavalry. This was part of the Bannock War of 1895, which was spared by the State of Wyoming prohibiting the killing of elk for their teeth and the subsequent arrest of several Bannock hunters that year.
Bannock Indians in Jackson's Hole by Frederic Remington.
1904 The Wyoming Humane Society was incorporated.Generally, Humane Societies did not have the same focus at the time, as they do now. Indeed, a major effort of early humane organizations was in providing water for urban horses.
1910 A moderate earthquake near Rock Springs shook houses and could be felt in mine shafts.
1925 Vice President Charles Dawes visited the set of the movie The Pony Express in Cheyenne.
1962 Caroline Lockhart dies in Cody. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1977 Captain Charles M. Carter, a Thunderbird USAF pilot, was killed when his T-38 crashed at the Cheyenne airport.
2001 The Queen's Laundry Bath House in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park added to the National Register of Historic Places. Attribution: On This Day.