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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.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January 30

1890  A train wreck occurred near Hilliard but there were no serious injuries.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1902  W. C. Fields appeared at the Cheyenne Opera House. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1906  15,000 cigars ordered by a Sheridan saloon.  Attribution. Wyoming State Historical Society.

1912  Coal mine explosion in Kemmerer killed five.  Attribution.  On This Day.

1917   The Punitive Expedition: U.S. forces leave Colonia Dublan. January 30, 1917
U.S. forces left Colonia Dublan.

 US troops messing around at Colonia Dublan
Colonia Dublan had been the U.S. headquarters in Mexico since shortly after the Punitive Expedition commenced.  The location was chosen due to its proximity to the railroad.
The town had an American connection, although that was incidental, in that it had been founded in 1889 as an American Mormon settlement.  This was not the reason it was chosen for Pershing's Mexican headquarters but it is coincidentally interesting to note that Pancho Villa had treated Mormon American colonist harshly, which may not be surprising as he treated all foreigners in Mexico fairly harshly.
As a result, and perhaps due to the U.S. Army having occupied it for eleven months, 1,500 residents of the town followed Pershing's troops out of Mexico and into the United States.  Most never returned, although a few did.  Amongst those returning to the United States were the Romneys of later political fame, who had owned a store in the town.
The small town still exists.

1941  Richard Cheney born in Nebraska.  Cheney is strongly identified with Wyoming, but like many of Wyoming's politicians, he was not born in the state.  Cheney did arrive in Wyoming while still a minor, but he also partially grew up in Nebraska.  He left the state after his high school graduation and his connection with Wyoming was relatively light up until he returned to run for Congress.

2000  A 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near Green River.

2015  The Federal government announced the sale of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Center grounds, formerly the Teapot Dome Naval Petroleum Reserve, to Standard Oil Resources Corporation. Teapot Dome, of course, is famously known in most places of the scandal that occurred during Warren G. Harding's administration.

2016.  Kenny Sailors, inventor of basketball's jump shot while a student at the University of Wyoming, died at age 95.  Sailors had a spectacular university basketball career and went on to play professional basketball after graduating from US.   Sailors went on to become an outfitter in Alaska before returning to Wyoming in retirement.  He was living in Laramie, where his fame commenced, at the time of his death.

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