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The Romantic Love Letter Wild Bill Hickok Left for His Wyoming Widow

"Wild" Bill Hickok was one of the most famous gunslingers in American history. He was also a hopeless romantic.

141 years ago, on August 2, 1876, the old west icon was shot and killed at a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota...

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Today Marks The 32nd Anniversary Of The Worst Flood In Wyoming History

August 1, 1985, was one of the darkest days in Wyoming history. 32 years ago, a tragic flash flood in Cheyenne claimed 12 lives and caused over $60 million in property damage...

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George W. Hales, Fox Photos, Getty Images
George W. Hales, Fox Photos, Getty Images
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87 Years Ago: The World’s First ‘Stewardess’ Lands in Wyoming

Here's a little known fact, Wyoming was part of the very first flight to include a "stewardess" (as they were referred to in those days)...

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images for AFI
Kevin Winter, Getty Images for AFI
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A Wyoming Tribute to Actor Powers Boothe

Television and movie fans were shocked to hear about the passing of actor Powers Boothe this weekend. Booth was well-known for several iconic roles, including one fictional character with a "real-life" Wyoming connection...

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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Wyoming History: The Year Coffee Was Banned in Casper and Cheyenne

Imagine a world without coffee. That's the world Wyoming woke up to on April 7, 1943, when the sale of coffee was officially banned in Casper and Cheyenne...

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Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives
Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives
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Wyoming’s First Prominent African-American Businessman, Tilford Ashford

As we observe Black History Month, here's the remarkable story of Wyoming's first prominent African-American businessman, Tilford Ashford...

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The Warren-Nagel Mansion was the first home in Wyoming with electricity. Wyoming State Archives.
The Warren-Nagel Mansion was the first home in Wyoming with electricity. Wyoming State Archives.
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134 Years Ago Today: Wyoming’s First Electric Lights

Today marks an interesting anniversary in Wyoming history. 134 years ago, on January 5, 1883, Cheyenne became the first town in the west to install electric lights...

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Francis Brammar, Wyoming State Archive
Francis Brammar, Wyoming State Archive
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Travel Back in Time on the Wyoming ‘Treagle Train’

This weekend, thousands of Wyoming football fans will follow the 'Cowboy Caravan' on Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to the Mountain West Conference Championship in Laramie...

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Built by Barney Ford in 1870, the Inter-Ocean Hotel was a Cheyenne landmark for nearly four decades. Photo Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
Built by Barney Ford in 1870, the Inter-Ocean Hotel was a Cheyenne landmark for nearly four decades. Photo Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
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The Legendary Story of Barney Ford

Barney Launcelot Ford was born into slavery in the 1820s. From his humble roots on a Viriginia farm, the illegitmate son of a white plantation owner and black woman eventually became one of the wealthiest men in the west and a prominent pioneer for civil rights...

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One of the original Taco House locations on 701 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Cole Collection, Wyoming State Archives.
One of the original Taco House locations on 701 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Cole Collection, Wyoming State Archives.
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Legends of Cheyenne Frontier Days, Part 5: ‘Taco’ John Turner

The Taco John's fast food chain now operates over 400 restaurants in 25 states, but it all started with a small food truck down the street from Cheyenne Frontier Days...

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Doubleday, RR Collection, Wyoming State Archives
Doubleday, RR Collection, Wyoming State Archives
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Legends of Cheyenne Frontier Days, Part 2: African-American Rodeo Pioneer Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett was one of the first African-American rodeo stars. Credited as the inventor of the popular "Bulldogging" contest, Pickett learned his technique from an unlikely source.

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Dick Stanley rides "High Tower" at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1909. Courtey of the Stimson Collection, Wyoming State Archives
Dick Stanley rides "High Tower" at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1909. Courtey of the Stimson Collection, Wyoming State Archives
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Legends of Cheyenne Frontier Days: The Incredible Story of Dick Stanley

Of all the cowboys and cowgirls who have ever competed at Cheyenne Frontier Days, the most famous contestant in its 120 year history was a bucking bronco named Steamboat...

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