Gillette, Wyoming (Images of America Series)

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There is an old saying that the Powder River was "a mile wide; an inch deep; too thick to drink; too thin to plow," and yet it was fought over many times in the early settlement of northeastern Wyoming. The lure of free land attracted tough pioneer families and rowdy outlaws to the new town of Gillette. Bars and brothels competed with schools and churches for the cowboys of some of the largest cattle and sheep ranches in the state. The coal that was discovered close to the surface, which first supplied settlers ...

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Overview

There is an old saying that the Powder River was "a mile wide; an inch deep; too thick to drink; too thin to plow," and yet it was fought over many times in the early settlement of northeastern Wyoming. The lure of free land attracted tough pioneer families and rowdy outlaws to the new town of Gillette. Bars and brothels competed with schools and churches for the cowboys of some of the largest cattle and sheep ranches in the state. The coal that was discovered close to the surface, which first supplied settlers through blizzards and prairie winds, now provides one-third of the nation's energy. Ranching is still important in Gillette's economy but the abundant minerals have truly put Gillette, Wyoming, on the map.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738580265
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,426,339
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Though a native of Indiana, Mary Kelley has called Gillette home since 1994. A board member of the Campbell County Historical Society and the Wyoming State Historical Society, Kelley enjoys life in Gillette where descendants of the pioneer families in this book wave on the street and readily accept transplanted Hoosiers. Established in 1974, the Campbell County Rockpile Museum serves as the local history center for the residents of and visitors to Campbell County, Wyoming. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts and documents pertaining to the county's history.

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