The Albany County Historical Society strives to plan, to promote and to sponsor educational programs on historical subjects pertaining to Albany County and to Wyoming. We collect source materials and other historical data pertaining to the early history peculiar to Albany County and nearby areas. Our goal as an organization is to encourage our members and other local residents to do research, author articles and reports and accomplish publication of the same. 

MONTHLY MEETING

Bob Kelley and Ray Jacquot will give a presentation on the infamous Wilcox train robbery. Social hour 6:30, presentation 7:00.

In 1899, just prior to the relocation of Union Pacific Railroad between Pine Ridge and Medicine Bow, bandits staged a nighttime robbery of a westbound train. This robbery took place several miles west of the original Wilcox Station. Dynamite was used several times to gain access to the express car and open the safe containing bank notes, marked bills, gold coins and jewelry. This presentation will summarize the chronology of the robbery, the personnel involved, the escape of the bandits and the aftermath. In 2009 the precise site of the robbery was located using a metal detector to find the debris field from the explosions, primarily the one to open the safe. A particularly interesting episode involves gold coins found in 1909 buried in the basement of the decommissioned store in the former town of Rock Creek.

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Upcoming Events

 The NOVEMBER 9-10 events will center on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Albany County and Laramie City (as it was called at the time). Watch this space for more details. All events listed are free to the public.

The NOVEMBER 9-10 events will center on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Albany County and Laramie City (as it was called at the time). Watch this space for more details. All events listed are free to the public.

For more events happening in Laramie,

check out Visit Laramie's site here. 


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