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Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 14

1846  The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, for California.

1860  The first Pony Express rider with west bound mail arrived in San Francisco.

1865 President Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth as part of a deluded conspiracy by a small group of Confederate sympathizers.

1881  The Oregon Short Line, a Union Pacific subsidiary, organized.   The railroad ran from Granger to Huntington Oregon.

1892  Sheriff Angus asks the Commander of Ft. McKinney to turn over the Johnson County invaders to his custody.  The New York Times ran Gov. Barbers plea for Federal troops on its first page.

1902  J. C. Penny, and partners, opened his first store, in Kemmerer.  It was a Golden Rule store.

1916:  Casper Weekly Press: April 14, 1916
The Friday Casper paper, oil taking its place besides the Punitive Expedition and the slow march of the US towards entering World War One.

1922  The Tea Pot Dome scandal breaks in the Wall Street Journal.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1975  The Moreton Frewan house in Cheyenne added to the National Registry of Historic places.

1994  The final Environmental Impact Statement leading to the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park published.

Soldiers at Soda Butte Creek Patrol Station with wolf in 1905.

In the 1970s John Prine released a song that continued to irritate the giant Peabody Coal Company ever after.  It's chorus lamented the disappearance of a town due to mining, laying that at the feet of Peabody in the chorus:
And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away.
Well, now it's Peabody that seems to be disappearing, at least in terms of being the giant it once was.  Yesterday it took Chapter 11 (reorganization) bankruptcy.
Peabody is the largest coal producer in the world.  And yet its fortunes have fallen so far and so quickly that over just a few years its value has been estimated to have declined from billions to millions, and now its in bankruptcy. It's coal trains, or rather those of railroads serving Wyoming, heavily laden with Campbell County coal were a common site in parts of Wyoming, but now I'm told that you can find idled locomotives reflecting the decline and a once proposed rail line has now been dropped.  Signs that are hard to ignore.

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