1882 John Wesley Hoyt had his last day in office as Territorial Governor. His replacement had been sworn in on August 3. Hoyt went on to become the first President of the University of Wyoming in 1887.
1890 A man in Laramie sued the city for $5,000 claiming that bad sidewalks gave him terrific fall. Generally, Wyoming has always used the natural accumulation of ice and snow rule, with some modifications, providing that there is no liability for a slip and fall on a natural accumulation of ice or snow, although the standard can be altered by local ordnance. PINNACLE BANK v. VILLA 2004 WY 150 100 P.3d 1287 (Wyo. 2004). I don't know what happened with the 1890 case, however.
1902 Theodore Roosevelt became the first American President to ride in an automobile in public. Roosevelt would also become the first President to ride in a submarine.
1909 Construction began on Sheridan based telephone lines. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1911 President Taft vetoed a joint resolution of Congress granting statehood to Arizona because he objected to a provision in the state constitution authorizing the recall of judges. The offending clause was removed and Arizona was admitted to statehood on February 14, 1912. The state thereafter restored the article in its constitution, defeating Taft's effort.
1912 Casper's first purpose built movie theater opened. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
2016 Governor Mead announced a sport shooting initiative. As reported on the Governor's website, the initiative contained the following:
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today three initiatives to promote shooting sports across Wyoming: 1) The Open Ranges Initiative will facilitate locally led partnerships to increase access to public shooting ranges. 2) The Wyoming 100 Initiative will recognize the top 100 shooters in Wyoming and 3) The Governor’s Match is a national 2-gun (semi-automatic rifle and pistol) match with some of the best competitors in the country featured. The Governor was joined by representatives of firearms companies from around Wyoming as he signed a proclamation declaring today as “Wyoming’s Day at the Range.”
“Wyoming is a firearms state and we are proud of that,” said Governor Mead. “These initiatives promote safe shooting and participation in shooting sports – whether that’s hunting, target shooting or sanctioned competitions. Working with the Game and Fish Department, the National Rifle Association, the firearms industry and local governments we hope to open more opportunity for people to shoot safely.”
“We have a growing firearms industry in Wyoming,” continued Governor Mead. “Some of those companies relocated here because of our support for their industry. Some are Wyoming entrepreneurs starting a new business. They are helping to diversify our economy – we are glad to have them here.”
The “Wyoming 100” is an amateur level competition and will be open to all shooters. Rules for the competition will be posted on the Game and Fish website and on Facebook at “Wyoming’s Top 100.” Competitors must have a Wyoming Conservation Stamp available from the Game and Fish.