Category Archives: Western history

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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Ames Monument Named National Historic Landmark

The Ames Monument, located about 20 miles east of Laramie off Interstate 80, is one of 10 newly-designated national historic landmarks announced November 2 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Continue reading

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Wyoming statehood:  A load of “blatherskitism”?

On July 10, we celebrate Wyoming’s entry into the Union in 1890, but not all of our territorial predecessors were enthusiastic in the years leading up to that historic event. Political machinations and ambitions were at play. Leading the charge … Continue reading

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Somewhere West of Laramie

“Somewhere west of Laramie there’s a broncho-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I’m talking about.” So began a 1923 magazine advertisement that became legendary. National advertising firms use Wyoming scenes as backdrops to pitch everything from yogurt to beer, even … Continue reading

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UW Graduate Student Finds Inspiration in Tim McCoy Papers

The American heritage Center serves as a research institution for researchers of all kinds. Any given week the reading room is filled with historians writing books to young students working on class projects. For international American Studies graduate student, Constantin … Continue reading

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Mick McMurry’s Contributions to Wyoming Extended Far and Wide

In 2010, the AHC began an oral history project to look at the effects of natural gas development on Sublette County, Wyoming.  We interviewed more than forty people; many were residents of Sublette County, but there was also a number … Continue reading

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American National CattleWomen Films Now Available Online

Good news!  The University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center (AHC) has digitized and made accessible online 16 films and video from the American National CattleWomen records.  The collection as a whole documents the promotional activities of the organization, especially the … Continue reading

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