Founded as a railroad town in 1868, Rawlins was smack in the middle of the Wild West that attracted so many adventure-seekers from the East, such as Clare Espy, who rode into town alone at 12 years old and became a successful cowboy. When the town outgrew its outlaw days and was ready to be incorporated, its people chose a leader in Isaac Miller, a Danish man who exemplified the story of the American dream. Being in the first state to allow women the right to vote, Rawlins has had its share of women's firsts. Lillian Heath was Wyoming's first female physician, and Valerie Nelson is its first female railroad engineer. The boom and bust cycle of the area saw many residents come and go, but some families, like the Frances and Espys, have been here since the beginning and continue to be well respected. Rawlins is facing another boom with several incoming energy projects. While Rawlins's future is exciting, this volume takes a look at its past and the people who have made the town what it is today.
About the Author
Han Cheung is assistant editor, photographer, and writer at the Rawlins Daily Times. Fascinated by the area's past, he contributes to the newspaper's history column. He is grateful to the Daily Times for the opportunity to use its materials for this book, as well as the Carbon County Museum for helping with research and providing photographs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Cowboys and Outlaws 9
Chapter 2 The Big Nose George Connection 23
Chapter 3 Early Inventors 31
Chapter 4 Land of Opportunity 43
Chapter 5 Family Names 53
Chapter 6 War Stories 79
Chapter 7 Mentor and Student 91
Chapter 8 To the Big Stage 99
Chapter 9 Community Warriors 109