5 Completely Depressing Things About Wyoming’s History
From violent battles to tragic winters, Wyoming has had a long history of some depressing stories.
So, why not cheer everyone up and point a few of them out?
That's not depressing at all, right? We take pride in this, as we should! But, did you know back in the 1860's, men outnumbered women 6 to 1 in Wyoming. The male leaders hoped the new law would encourage more women to settle in Wyoming. Some historians would argue this law was put in place mainly because those male lawmakers wanted more... "companionship."
In 1885, a group of white coal miners attacked and brutally killed 28 Chinese coworkers in Rock Springs. 15 others were wounded, and 79 homes were burned down. The coal miners were angry their Chinese counterparts wouldn't join a strike for better wages.
One of Wyoming's worst blizzards in history took place in 1949. Catching many off guard, 17 people were killed in the storm. Approximately 55,000 cattle and 105,000 sheep were also lost.
The Johnson County War was a long series of conflicts in the late 1800's. Tensions rose after cattle companies persecuted supposed rustlers. Roughly 25 people were lynched and killed in the battle. It serves as a reminder to many about how wild the west truly was.
Many know the story of the Donner Party freezing to death and turning to cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Backtrack a few steps and you get the Donner Party's decision to take the Hastings Cutoff, which crossed through Utah. The decision to take the cutoff was a deadly one. You can still see the cutoff in Southwestern Wyoming near Fort Bridger.