1874. Joseph F. Glidden received his patent for barbed wire.
Barbed wire changed the nature of ranching and farming in the West. More than any other single physical item, barbed wire was responsible for the end of the open range and permanently established ranches with fenced pastures. It even changed the nature of the cowboy's work and employment, as it caused the rise of multiple smaller ranches with a small number of year around employees who worked cattle more and rode less.
1890 Francis E. Warren resigns as Governor, a position he had held as State Governor for only a little over a month, but which as Territorial Governor he had held for about a year. None the less, he holds the status of being Wyoming's first Governor. He resigned in order to take up his duties as a newly elected Senator, which oddly he had assumed a few days prior to his resignation as Governor.
Warren in life. He was in his late 40s when he became Senator.
Barber's time in office was marred by the Johnson County War, and his role in it suggests a potential weakness in his character. On a more positive note, he detected the shenanigans that had occurred with the design of the state's seal, and would not tolerate that, although even there he kept his first corrective efforts a secret after the story became controversial.
Governor Barber's mustache belied his age, he was only 29 years old when he became the State's second governor.
1916 The Cheyennne Leader for November 24, 1916: Villa defated at Chihuahua, Carranza delegates to confer with Carranza
A lot going on in this November 24 edition of the Tribune. But how much was accurate?
Things going badly for Villa? A near agreement with Carranza? And of course, the Great War.
1921 A serious fire in Gillette, WY destroyed several of the towns landmark buildings.
1929 Senator Francis E. Warren died. At the time of his death, he had been a Senator longer than any other person in U.S. history. He was also the last Union veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate, a distinction in his case which was amplified by the fact that he was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, which perhaps explains his strong support of the Army while a Senator (which might also be explained by the fact that he was John J. Pershing's father in law). He was also the first Senator to hire a female secretary. His service was not without some blemishes, as a close association with the large stockmen side of the Johnson County War had given rise to questions about the extent of his association at that time, questions which nearly cost him his political career but which quickly passed.
1968 Expedition Island in the Green River was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The island is a park in Green River, WY and marks the location where Major John Wesley Powell began his expedition down the Green River and Colorado River in 1871.
1990 In one of Wyoming's most infamous murder cases, 15 year old James "Jamie" Wiley shot and killed his stepmother Becky, brothers, Jesse (age 13), Willy (age 10), and Tyrone (age 5) and then set the house on fire.
2000 A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred about 82 miles from Cody, WY.
2011 Today is Thanksgiving Day for 2011.