1891 In 1891, the United States Congress passed the Forest
Reserve Act, which allowed the President to establish forest
reservations from portions of the public domain. On March 30 of that
year by proclamation, President Benjamin Harrison created the nation's
first Forest Reserve, the "Yellowstone Park Timberland Reserve".
1870 The name of Camp Augur was changed to Camp Brown on March 28, 1870. It became Fort Washakie on December 30, 1878.
1898 Oil City Post Office in Natrona County was established for a second time on March 28, 1898.
1908 The first stone was laid for the Shoshone Dam on March 28, 1908.
1891 The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station was established
March 27, 1891, in accordance with an act of the State Legislature, as a
department of the Agricultural College of the University of Wyoming.
1964 "The area around Van Tassell, near the Nebraska State line, felt
a moderate earthquake on March 27, 1964. Doors and dishes rattled and
furniture vibrated (MM V). Thunderlike noises were heard. The tremor was
also felt in parts of western Nebraska and South Dakota." (Wyoming
Earthquake history http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/wyoming/history.php)
1804 On March 26, 1804, President Jefferson approved an act of
Congress dividing Louisiana into two parts, viz: The Territory of
Louisiana and the District of Louisiana. The former embraced what is
now the State of Louisiana and the latter included all the remainder of
the purchase. Under the provisions of the act the District of
Louisiana was made subject to the territorial government of Indiana of
which Gen. William H. Harrison was then governor. Some historians state
that by this act all of Upper Louisiana (which included Wyoming) was
made a part of the Territory of Indiana. This is a mistake. The act
merely regarded the District of Louisiana as unorganized territory and
attached it to Indiana for judicial purposes, etc.
1890 On March 26, 1890, Territorial Delegate Joseph M. Carey
introduced a bill into the U.S. House calling for statehood for
Wyoming. This was at least the fifth time a bill was introduced for
Wyoming statehood. This one succeeded.
1903 On March 26, 1903, the "Weekly Boomerang" reported that, despite
the earliness of the season, work had resumed on the "government road
leading into the Yellowstone National Park from the eastern or Cody
entrance." The road opened later in 1903. Cheyenne photographer J. E.
Stimson traveled and photographed the road after it opened. In 2008,
author and photographer Michael Amundson "traveled the same road,
carefully duplicating Stimson’s iconic original photographs." His book,
"Passage to Wonderland Rephotographing Joseph Stimson's Views of the
Cody Road to Yellowstone National Park, 1903 and 2008" was published in
1834 John Wesley Powell was born on March 24, 1834. The city of Powell is named for John Wesley Powell, an engineer forerunner to the present reclamation engineers, and one of the first to visualize a prosperous agricultural community.