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Today Marks The 35th Anniversary of The Richard Jahnke Murder

One of the most infamous events in Wyoming history happened 35 years ago today. November, 16, 1982, 16-year-old Richard Jahnke Jr. and his sister Deborah killed their abusive father at their home near Cheyenne.

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The Former World Heavyweight Wrestling Champ Who Lived In Wyoming

Long before Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and The Rock, there was Jack Taylor. In the 1920s, Taylor was the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and he called Casper home.

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How Happy Jack Road Got Its Name

If you thought your co-workers were loud, here's a fun fact. Happy Jack Road was named for a guy who wouldn't stop singing at work.

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Wyoming’s Most Infamous Outlaws Were Killed 109 Years Ago

On November 6, 1908, infamous Wyoming outlaws Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were allegedly gunned down in the country of Bolivia.

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Colorado State Still Won’t Admit Defeat In Original ‘Border War’

Talk about a bunch of sore losers. Nearly 118 years after Wyoming won the first "Border War", Colorado State still refuses to officially acknowledge the game.

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Take A Virtual Road Trip On Wyoming’s Most Haunted Highway

The Battle Pass Byway is one of the most scenic drives in the Cowboy State. The 11-mile stretch of WY-70 from Encampment to Slaughterhouse Gulch may also be the most haunted road in Wyoming.

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Catholic School In Wyoming Is Haunted By The Ghosts Of Two Nuns

St. Stephens Indian Mission on the Wind River Reservation is allegedly haunted by the ghosts of two nuns who hung themselves in the girls' locker room.

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Only One Wyoming Governor Was Born In Cheyenne, But 13 Died There

Of the 32 men to serve as Governor of Wyoming, and the 10 Territorial Governors before them, only one was born in Cheyenne.

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Wyoming’s Creepiest Invention: The Julian Gallows

In 1903, a Cheyenne architect invented a new contraption to hang infamous bounty hunter Tom Horn. Unfortunately, the device didn't work and Horn dangled from the noose for 17 minutes.

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John F. Kennedy Visited Wyoming 54 Years Ago Today

September 25, 1963, is a day that many people in Wyoming will never forget. 54 years ago, President John F. Kennedy visited Cheyenne, Laramie and Jackson.

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Louise Oligny, Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
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The History of Witchcraft in Wyoming

Stories of witches and warlocks have been a part of local lore for nearly a century here in the Cowboy State. Here’s a few of Wyoming’s witchiest tales.

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Why Do The World’s Richest Bankers Meet in Wyoming Every Year?

Every year, the most powerful bankers in the world meet in Wyoming. Why Wyoming? Because rich guys love to fish.

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