December 23

1872 George Catlin, known for his paintings, sketches and writings of Plains Indian culture, died on December 23, 1872. Catlin visited Fort Laramie in the summer of 1833. He wrote; "I ascended the Platte to Fort Laramie...and at the Fort saw a great number of Arapahos and Cheyennes, and rode to the shores of the Great Salt Lake." Several of his paintings of wildlife can be seen at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson.