Wyoming, a Guide to Its History, Highways, and People

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Preface

THE Wyoming Guide is one of the volumes in the American Guide Series, written by the members of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration. The project primarily was designed to give useful employment to writers and research workers; work on the Guide has, in addition, aroused interest in the State and created a desire on the part of many for further research.

With sincerity of purpose and seriousness of effort on the part of the staff, information has been gathered through research, interviews, and personal observation. An effort has been made to select without bias significant and interesting facts about Wyoming and to present them so that the reader may have a picture of the contemporary life of the State against an historic background.

Since April 1938, every main highway, all main side roads, and the important trails in the State, including those in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, have been logged and checked by the staff, in order that the latest data could be made available to the traveler.

Following the pattern prescribed for the Guide Series covering the forty-eight States, the Wyoming Guide is a combination of essays on general subjects and detailed descriptive material on all of the important tours in Wyoming. It therefore should be enjoyed, not only by those touring the State, but by fireside travelers as well.

Grateful acknowledgment is made for the assistance given by numerous consultants, experts in their respective fields. Especially helpful have been Mr. George O. Houser, Executive Secretary, State Planning and Water Conservation Board, Official Sponsor of the Wyoming Writers' Project, Dr. Lester C. Hunt, Secretary of State, sponsor of the Wyoming Guide, and John Stahlberg of the Montana Writers' Project.

To name each individual who has assisted in the collection of data and the preparation of material would require many pages, as the Writers' Project is indebted to hundreds of individuals and to many

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • Preface xix
  • Illustrations xxi
  • Maps xxv
  • General Information xxxi
  • Calendar of Annual Events xxxvii
  • PART I - Wyoming: Past and Present 1
  • Contemporary Scene 3
  • Natural Setting 11
  • Archeology and Indians 49
  • History 58
  • Transportation 79
  • Industry, Commerce and Labor 90
  • Agriculture 98
  • Education 109
  • Sports and Recreation 117
  • Folklore and Folkways 122
  • Literature 127
  • The Theater 137
  • Music 147
  • Art 155
  • Architecture 161
  • Part II - Cities 171
  • Casper 173
  • Cheyenne 183
  • Laramie 195
  • Sheridan 206
  • PART III - Tours 215
  • Tour 1 217
  • Tour 2a 251
  • Tour 2c 253
  • Tour 3 267
  • Tour 4a 292
  • Tour 4b 300
  • Tour 6 318
  • Tour 6a 339
  • Tour 7a 341
  • Tour 8 350
  • Tour 9 356
  • Tour 10 367
  • Tour 11 380
  • Yellowstone National Park 392
  • PART IV - Appendices 439
  • Chronology 441
  • Bibliography 449
  • Glossary 459
  • 1940 - Census Figures 467
  • Index 469
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