Author Archives: mmarcusse

Farewell to the old Laramie High School

With an increasing student population in Laramie in the 1950s, the Albany County School District began efforts to construct a new high school to serve the growing needs of the community. In 1957, the architectural firm of Hitchcock & Hitchcock … Continue reading

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Hans Kleiber and the Natural Beauty of Wyoming

The magnificent scenery of Wyoming has inspired many artists, but Hans Kleiber’s work stands out for the medium he used to capture the mountains, wildlife, and people of the state. Kleiber’s art was often created with line only, etched on zinc or copper plates. From these plates prints were made. Occasionally the prints were tinted, but many said all they needed to with lines. Continue reading

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Who Gets License Plate Number 1?

The State of Wyoming began issuing motor vehicle license plates in 1913.  Who got plate number 1?  The man who wrote the motor vehicle licensing law, state senator Jacob M. Schwoob of Park County. Schwoob continued to apply for, and … Continue reading

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The 19th Amendment and Wyoming’s own Grace Raymond Hebard

“To get thirty sixth state, mobilizing one woman each state…want you and only you…” So wrote national woman suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt on April 12, 1920 in a telegram to Wyoming historian, prolific writer, and noted University of Wyoming … Continue reading

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Fourth of July in Wyoming Territory

How did Wyoming celebrate Fourth of July in territorial days? T.A. Larson’s History of Wyoming provides a slice of holiday history from the 1870s and 1880s. Here are excerpts: The Fourth of July was the great secular holiday, requiring elaborate … Continue reading

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Rockwell Polar Flight

On November 14, 1965, the Rockwell Polar Flight began what has often been described as the last of the great firsts in polar travel. It was the first round-the-world flight to pass over both the North and South Pole, establishing … Continue reading

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Prisoner of War Diaries

“Historical events of National importance are duly recorded by historians, but the personal and individual experiences that make up these events are too many times lost with the passing of time.” Gilbert Verney; Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.; Bennington, N.H.; October … Continue reading

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