LARAMIE'S LIVING HISTORY - THE STUFF NOT IN OTHER PLACES - PAGE 2
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
Whatever possessed me to agree to stand by my new husband’s side while he SAT for our wedding portrait? I can still hear someone yelling out “don’t smile!” And another saying “put your hand on his shoulder!”
There was a time when nearly all Laramie buildings had privies out back.
July 10 is the day on which Wyoming became a state. When Laramie first began “Jubilee Days” in 1940, the July celebration was intended to celebrate “Statehood Day” and always is centered around that day no matter how long the celebration lasts.
On September 6, 1870, Laramie women were the first in the world to vote in a general election. But what about the rest of the voters that day? Who were they, how did they vote and what were the results?
“There ought to be some sort of a fire organization here,” wrote Editor J.H. Hayford in the Laramie Daily Sentinel, in November, 1870, two years after Laramie’s founding. Luckily, no major fire had yet occurred, but that was no reason to oppose forming a fire department, Hayford reasoned.
In 1898, a few Laramie women put out an announcement that they were calling all interested women to a meeting in the Albany County Courthouse to form a woman’s club for Laramie. Over 100 showed up.
Before there was a railroad in the Laramie Basin, goods were hauled by freighters who owned wagons and draft animals.
In 1940, fifty years after Wyoming was admitted to the Union, the people of Laramie marked that anniversary with a 2-day celebration called “Equality Jubilee Days.”
A man named Pattee ran a lottery scheme in Laramie; was the scheme legal?
In the 1920s, a Laramie Kiwanis Club member had an idea to develop a picnic area with a water fountain in Telephone Canyon. At that time, the “Lincoln Highway” was mostly unpaved, but the route through the canyon was the “improved” road to Laramie from Cheyenne, as opposed to the former auto route to Tie Siding and then back up to Laramie.