June 30

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1903 The greatest loss of life in any mine disaster in Wyoming occurred at Hanna on June 30, 1903, when 169 miners died as coal gas ignited in Mine No. 1. Read all the horrific details in the July 1, 1903 edition of the Laramie Boomerang at newspapers.wyo.gov.

June 29

posted Jun 29, 2014, 5:22 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:32 PM by State Library ]

1868 Benton Post Office was established on June 29, 1868 in Carter County. Benton was another railroad tent town that sprang into being in the year 1868 as the Union Pacific Railroad was being built.

June 28

posted Jun 28, 2014, 5:16 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:31 PM by State Library ]

1934 The Taylor Grazing Act became law on June 28, 1934. It was intended to "stop injury to the public grazing lands [excluding Alaska] by preventing overgrazing and soil deterioration; to provide for their orderly use, improvement, and development; [and] to stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon the public range."

1943 A B-17 enroute from Pendleton, OR to Grand Island, NE crashed in the Big Horn Mountains with 10 crew members aboard. The wreckage was not located until 1945. In 1946, the mountain on which the plane crashed was named Bomber Mountain. Read more about this unique piece of Wyoming history in "The Bomber Mountain Crash Story: A Wyoming Mystery" by Wyoming author, R. Scott Madsen, as well as in this feature and this article.

June 27

posted Jun 27, 2014, 5:56 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 9:53 AM by State Library ]

1849 Fort Laramie was purchased by the U.S. Army in 1849. On June 27, 1849, Major William Sanderson, commander of the new fort, reported to the U.S. Secretary of War; "I have the honor to inform you that I arrived at this fort on the morning of the 16th instant, nothing having occurred on our way to interrupt our march; since that time I have, accompanied by Lieutenant Woodbury of the Engineers' Department, made a thorough reconnoissance of the country in the neighborhood of this place, having passed up the ridge or mountain road as far as the Boisie (or Big Timber Creek) and returning by the river road. This was found to be the most eligible for a military post, and was purchased at my request on the 26th inst., by Lieutenant Woodbury, at a cost of four thousand dollars, from Mr. Bruce Husband, agent of the American Fur Company, who was duly authorized to dispose of the same for that amount." 

1890 On June 27, 1890, the U.S. Senate voted for Wyoming statehood.

June 26

posted Jun 26, 2014, 5:08 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 9:52 AM by State Library ]

1863 The first newspaper in Wyoming, The Daily Telegraph, was published at Fort Bridger on June 26, 1863. H. Brundage, a telegraph operator, printed a little sheet of Civil War news for the members of the garrison and the residents in the vicinity. The issue of June 26, 1863, which was Volume 1, was published in a primitive manner and only printed on one side of the paper. (From Fort Bridger Historical Association)

1909 The people of Medicine Bow voted for incorporation of the town on June 26, 1909.

June 25

posted Jun 25, 2014, 4:44 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:27 PM by State Library ]

1874 Last Chance Post Office in Albany County was established on June 25, 1874. Last Chance was originally the name of a gold mine near Laramie.

June 24

posted Jun 24, 2014, 5:21 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 9:52 AM by State Library ]

1895 On June 24, 1895, the Cheyenne Daily Leader was merged with the Cheyenne Daily Sun to form the Cheyenne Daily Sun-Leader. View each of these publications at newspapers.wyo.gov.

June 23

posted Jun 23, 2014, 5:30 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:26 PM by State Library ]

1810 The Pacific Fur Company was founded June 23, 1810, in New York City.

1874 The steel bridge over the Platte River near Fort Laramie crossed the river east of Fort Laramie. It was the fourth structure to span the river, is Wyoming's oldest bridge, and is still in existence today. It was authorized by Congress on June 23, 1874 for $15,000.00. The King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio shipped spans and girders to Cheyenne by rail and they were then taken to Fort Laramie by mule train. The soldiers at Fort Laramie quarried the necessary stone. One span of the bridge broke loose during construction and had to be raised from the river bottom. The bridge was first used March 1, 1876 by General Crook on his way to Powder River.

1925 A section of mountain collapsed and dammed the Gros Ventre River. The slide formed Lower Slide Lake; two years later the dam gave way, flooding the town of Kelly.

1949 Jackson Peak was officially named for William Henry Jackson by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. It was described as being "an appropriate name because of Mr. Jackson's influence, as an artist and photographer with the Hayden Surveys (1870-79), in the development of the scenic West. He was one of the first men to photograph the Wind River Mountains." (American Trails Association)

June 22

posted Jun 22, 2014, 4:37 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:25 PM by State Library ]

1844 "Thus died the man who heads the list of western heroes, but before closing the story of Dr. Whitman, I must refer to a letter written by him on June 22, 1844, addressed to Hon. James M. Porter, Secretary of War. Dr. Whitman had, on his visit to Washington during the winter of 1843, been asked to make suggestions as to the necessary aid the government could give to those going to Oregon. In response to this, he suggested the establishing of posts along the route to protect mountain travelers, these posts to be supplied with provisions for sale. Among other places, he urged that a settlement be made on Horse Shoe Creek, in what is now Wyoming, also at Laramie's Fork, another on the North Platte west of this point, on the Sweetwater, and on Green River. In his letter he says that at these places there is good land for cultivation and irrigation. It may be said to the credit of the government that it did, in part, a few years later, carry out the plans of Dr. Whitman by the purchase of the trading posts known as Fort Laramie and Fort Bridger. " (The History of Wyoming from the Earliest Known Discoveries, Volume 1  By Charles Griffin Coutant)

June 21

posted Jun 21, 2014, 4:22 AM by vfe_ai_venice.beske@wyo.gov   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 12:24 PM by State Library ]

1873 "Saturday, June 21.—Broke camp at 5.30 a.m., in the midst of a driving storm of cold rain, which soon turned into snow, and marched 10.6 miles to the stage-station at Pacific Springs. Here the storm turned into a severe gale of cold wind. Wood, grass, and water at this camp, which is on the northern border of the hot sage-brush plain over which we have been traveling. This vicinity is the "South Pass" of the early geographers, about which there has been so much fictitious writing and picture-making. As there are no mountains about it, and as the old road hardly crosses a hill of any magnitude, the misnomer is evident. The road, however, crosses at this point the divide between the Atlantic and the Pacific flowing waters, and this gave origin to the name--" this is the recount provided by Captain William A. Jones during his reconnaissance of Northwestern Wyoming, 1873.

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