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.
When one thinks of women at the start of the University of Wyoming many think of Grace Raymond Hebard or June Etta Downey. But neither were the first.
"I guess you'll just have to shoot me" was Verna Johannesen’s reply to a desperate man who said he’d shoot her if she didn’t give him money.
Although his name may not be familiar to many now, there was a time when Laramie could take pride in having reared a celebrity actor.
When the Browns were not the Browns - case of mistaken identity at the museum.
Jane and David Love had a knack for uncovering the human and natural resources of Wyoming that few other married couples have demonstrated.
The story of Lettie Welch’s time in Laramie isn’t quite the rags to riches story of her contemporary, Molly Brown (1867-1932) of Denver. However, her story rivals that of Molly’s in perseverance through adversity.