Laramie will celebrate Laramie pioneers Stephen and Eva Downey as the city and county have proclaimed July 28, 2019, as Stephen and Eva Downey Day. The same day Stephen Downey will be formally declared the Father of the University by the U.W. Board of Trustees.
Click on the button below to learn about their family and read the proclamations from the city, county and board of trustees.
Two events are connected to the day. On Saturday July 27, descendants of Stephen Downey will present a plaque to the Albany County Commissioners marking the spot where Stephen Wheeler Downey dedicated the first Albany County courthouse in 1871. The plaque also marks the same spot where his son Stephen Corlett Downey dedicated the new courthouse (still standing) in 1931. The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on the courthouse grounds.
On the 28th, a reception marking the day will be held in the Laramie Plains Museum’s Alice Hardie Stevens Center at 2 p.m. Artifacts from the American Heritage Center, the Laramie Plains Museum and Downey descendants will be displayed and short presentations will recap the Downeys’ contributions to our community. Light refreshments will be served.
Photos courtesy of Peter Boutin, great grandson of Stephen and Eva Downey.