When Ethel Ernest took the stage at age six in a Laramie elementary school production, there might have been a hint of great things to come from this spunky little redhead.
The rugged high country of the northern Laramie Mountains is home to a rare columbine that grows nowhere else in the world. Equally noteworthy, this plant was discovered by a young man embarking unexpectedly on a botanical career, an accidental botanist who would become the “Father of Wyoming Botany” -- Aven Nelson.
For many years in Laramie the name Thornburgh was very prominent. As early as 1880, the name of the finest hotel in town, the Union Pacific, had been changed to Thornburgh. In 1889 when the east-west streets in town were renamed, one of the most important was called Thornburgh Street. Who was the person they were named after and what was the connection to Laramie?