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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 23

1884   Gilbert E. Leigh, an English remittance man who was was the guest of the Bar X Cattle Company, died in a 200 foot fall while hunting Big Horn Sheep in Tensleep Canyon.  He had spent most of his adult life as a big game hunter, one of a collection of occupations common to remittance men.

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1890 Five dray licenses (freighting licenses) issued in Newcastle Wyoming.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1908  Oil struck at Salt Creek. The prodigious oil field remains in production today.

1972   Fossil Butte National Monument created.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.


  1. Gilbert Leigh was the Englishman who fell to his death. He was hunting Big Horn Sheep. Both he and his horse went off the side of Ten Sleep Canyon. They discovered his body when one of the cowboys who was riding for cattle noticed his rifle hanging in a tree at the bottom. His body was kept over the winter in the parlour of (I think) the Bay State Cattle Company. In the spring it was shipped home. Jennie (can't remember her last name) the housekeeper reported that Mr. Leigh became a might *high* over the winter. Phew! Leigh Creek is named in memory of Gilbert Leigh and there is a monument at the top of the Canyon on the point he fell from.

  2. Wow. Thank you very much for the name, as well as all the added detail. That's a very dramatic story indeed.

  3. I see we are celebrating Mr Leigh's dramatic fall again! I graduated from Ten Sleep High School - hence I knew this history

  4. And I found just a little more about him too, including that he was a remission man. Would you know how old he was at the time of his his death?