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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.
Use 2013 for the search date, as that's the day regular dates were established and fixed.

Alternatively, the months are listed immediately below, with the individual days appearing backwards (oldest first).

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17

1869   Major John Wesley Powell's party passed Sentinel Peak overlooking the Grand Canyon.  It had left Green River on May 24. Attribution:  On This Day.

1878  Three Laramie women climb a peak in the Snowy Range and plant the flag. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

“Pathfinder Dam site; view looking up the North Platte River showing the dam site,” 8/17/1905 “ Series: Photograph albums, 1903 - 1972. Record Group 115: Records of the Bureau of Reclamation, 1889 - 2008.

1919  August 17, 1919. Evanston to Echo, Utah.
On this day in 1919 the Motor Transport Convoy left Wyoming and entered Utah.
The 17th was a Sunday. This is remarkable as the Convoy's command chose not to stay in Evanston, Wyoming that Sunday but simply pushed on.  No day of rest for the convoy.  That had happened only once before in their trip, and on that occasion it had pretty clearly occurred because the convoy had experienced delays due to road conditions and mechanical problems.  Here there's no evidence that had occurred.

Having said that, the convoy did get an unusually late start that day, starting at 12:30 p.m.  While the diarist doesn't note it, chances are high that the late start was in order to allow men to attend local church services before the motor march was resumed.

The convoy experienced a plethora of problems, including the Lincoln Highway now being a bad mountain road as it crossed over from Wyoming.  Carbon buildup in a cylinder was plaguing a Dodge, which is interesting in this household as the same thing recently afflicted one of our Dodge pickups.  The engine of the Class B truck that was a machine shop was shot.

Echo Utah is a little tiny town today, and must have been the same in 1919.  By stopping in Echo, they were effectively camping.

1959   The 7.1 Hebgen Lake earthquake occurred in southwestern Montana, resulting in the deaths of 28 people due to a resulting landslide.   The Old Faithful Inn was damaged by the quake and thermal features at Yellowstone were disrupted.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1996  An Air Force cargo plane carrying equipment for President Clinton crashed in the state killing eight crewmembers and a Secret Service employee.  Attribution:  On This Day.

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