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Today in
Wyoming History

1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was announced to the American people.

1824 - William Sublette named Independence Rock in Natrona County, WY.

1836 - Narcissa Prentiss Whitman and Eliza Hart Spaulding made a marker at South Pass Wyoming. They were the first European women to cross the continent.

1866 - Fort Halleck was abandoned.

1867 - General Grenville M. Dodge and his survey crew platted the site now known as Cheyenne in Dakota Territory (later Wyoming Territory).

1876 - Union Pacific established its mountain region headquarters at Crow Creek Crossing, later known as Cheyenne.

1908 - A monument created at the site of Captain W.J. Fetterman's defeat in 1866 was dedicated. The site, also known as "Massacre Hill," is about five miles from the site of Fort Philip Kearny.

1917 - An trail marker was unveiled on the boundary line between Colorado and Wyoming.

1924 - In Cody, WY, a statue of William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was dedicated.

1954 - Yellowstone National Park experienced an earthquake that was felt in Mammoth.

1957 - Near Rock River, WY, actor Judy Tyler and her husband actor Greg Lafayette were killed in an automobile accident.




Wyoming Quote

"In and about the Grand Canyon the rocks are nearly tinged a brilliant yellow."
- Captain Jones, who visited the Upper Yellowstone River in 1873


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