A series of stories prepared for the Albany County Museum Coalition, an alliance of institutions that promote Laramie’s historic and cultural resources. This series originally appeared in the Laramie Boomerang.
The only time Laramie came close to supplying Wyoming with a governor was in the summer of 1890. It was a short but significant role for Laramie’s John W. Meldrum, who was acting governor of Wyoming Territory when Wyoming was admitted to the Union.
Got an old painting that has been in a Laramie attic for a long time with “Mulholland” as the signature, or no signature at all?
The story of Laramie’s Bill Carlisle (1890-1964) reads like an Old West novel.
Some people’s life history has too much packed in to seem credible. The story of Sarah Cullimore Owen Montgomery (1833-1914) who arrived in Laramie in June of 1868, is one.
John H. Symons, Pioneering Laramie Entrepreneur, attorney and auto owner arrived in Laramie in 1868.
Stuck in the blizzard of ‘49 - how to get home?
Should women have the right to serve on a jury? That was an open question in Albany County in 1870.
A banker sues a cattleman over money due and an attorney gets barred from the territorial supreme court for insulting the justices.
Albany County historical records are loaded with men who are known for their property acquisitions. Ora Haley, Edward Ivinson, Robert Homer, the King brothers are among them. But there were also women who owned significant parcels of land in early Laramie. Jane Ivinson was one of those women.
“Look at your daughter now,” Katharine Fowler (1902-1997) wrote to her parents on a photo of herself practicing rattlesnake shooting in the Laramie Mountains.
When Gus Hollo (1905-1999) moved to Laramie in 1936, it was on the recommendation of his sister, Maureen Hollo Person, so she and her UW Engineering-professor spouse could have a home custom-designed by him.
The man who may have been the first permanent European resident of the Laramie Plains, Phillip Mandel (1835-1917), arrived at a date not well documented, but he could have been here 10 years prior to the 1868 founding of Laramie.
Dr. Florence DeWitt Patrick (1858-1952) had an air of mystery about her.
Laramie is often the temporary home of extraordinary people. One was a woman who worked at the Wyoming Penitentiary.
Helen Bishop (1891-1992), a native of Oregon, came to Laramie in 1925 to become the Dean of Women at the University of Wyoming and stayed for over 60 years
When the young Trabing brothers, Augustus and Charles, arrived in Laramie in the summer of 1868, they were already experienced merchants, ranchers and freighters.
When Nicholas F. Spicer (1836-1907) died while still in office as mayor of Laramie, the obituary writer for the front-page story in the Laramie Boomerang said that he had been a member of a vigilante mob that had hung five men nearly 40 years earlier.
One of the unique things about living in Laramie is that our past, from 1905 to 1932, has been well documented by one photographer whose collection has been made available to the public.
Traveling for the moneyed class was all the rage in the 1890’s. A grand tour of the “Continent” was obligatory for those with means. Edward and Jane Ivinson of Laramie did it twice.