Fort Fetterman, WY was Tough Duty in 1867

Fort Fetterman Built to Help Gold Miners Get to Montana Gold in Montana!  After the California Gold Rush (1849) and the Pike’s Peak Rush (1852), came the Montana Gold Rush (1862) in what was then known as Idaho Territory. The US Government established Fort Fetterman to provide supplies and escorts to travelers on the Bozeman Trail. Read about Bannack, a Montana Gold Rush Ghost Town As you may know, the US had negotiated treaties in 1951 and 1968 with the Plains Indians (Sioux, Cheyenne) at Fort Laramie. These treaties were designed to assign the Sioux, Cheyenne and several other tribes to[…]

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Visit Douglas Wyoming – Home of the Jackalope

We are staying in the Casper area for the month of July.  Only 90 degrees!  As always, we use the Jeep to explore the area and quickly came to the little town of Douglas.  Douglas is about 40 miles east of Casper on Highway 25.  So tell me … Have you ever seen a Jackalope? Home of the Jackalope One of the things we always do in a new town is find the local history museum.  I love to ask two questions. First, we ask about why the town was founded?  The second, similar question is “why is the town[…]

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Devils Tower – Oh the Stories They Tell!

Driving on Highway 90 in Wyoming, just west of the South Dakota border, you can’t help but see it.  To the north, jutting straight up out of the plains of Eastern Wyoming stands a rock tower,  known as Devils Tower, over 800 feet above the floor of the valley.  Even at 80 miles per hour it stays in your vision for several minutes, drawing you in for a closer look. For centuries, Native Americans have lived around the tower and been drawn to it’s presence.  Early explorers, trappers, settlers, all commented on it as they passed by.  Eventually, it was[…]

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