Billy Owen: Laramie Pioneer, Surveyor and Mountain Climber

Billy Owen: Laramie Pioneer, Surveyor and Mountain Climber

Lake Owen in the Medicine Bow Mountains, which is actually a reservoir now and part of the City of Cheyenne’s water supply system, is probably named for him.  More well-known is “Mount Owen,” the second highest of the Teton Range, named in recognition of his climb to the top of the Grand Teton on August 11, 1894.  Owen had first seen the Tetons after a bicycle trip through Yellowstone in 1883 and resolved then to climb Grand Teton peak.