September 16

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1811 On September 16, 1811 the Astorians reached was was known as the Seedskadee River by the native people. They termed it the Spanish River as the Spaniards far to the South called it the Rio Verde.

"The travellers continued their course to the south of west for about forty miles, through a region so elevated that patches of snow lay on the highest summits and on the northern declivities. At length they came to the desired stream, the object of their search, the waters of which flowed to the west. It was, in fact, a branch of the Colorado, which falls into the Gulf of California, and had received from the hunters the name of Spanish River, from information given by the Indians that Spaniards resided upon its lower waters.

The aspect of this river and its vicinity was cheering to the wayworn and hungry travellers. Its banks were green, and there were grassy valleys running from it various directions, into the heart of the rugged mountains, with herds of buffalo quietly grazing. The hunters sallied forth with keen alacrity, and soon returned laden with provisions." (Astoria by Washington Irving)

1869 The Cook–Folsom–Peterson Expedition of 1869 was the first formal expedition to explore the Yellowstone region. It was undertaken by David E. Folsom, Charles W. Cook and William Peterson. On September 16, they crossed the Yellowstone at Tower Fall, then traveled east until they reached  the East Fork of the Yellowstone, which today is known as the Lamar River.

1875 James Cash Penney was born on September 16, 1875. On April 14, 1902, he opened the "GOLDEN RULE STORE" in Kemmerer, Wyoming. In 1913, it became the J.C. Penney Company. Read more at

1888 Have you ever heard of Wisley? An article about it appeared in the Cheyenne Daily Sun on September 16, 1888. It was a proposed town to be located on the Cheyenne and Burlington Railroad east of Cheyenne between Arcola and Hereford. In later years, Carpenter was established near this location.