Celebrate Cheyenne Day with Wyoming History

Jul 28, 2021

It’s Cheyenne Day today and while the Wyoming State Library offices are closed this afternoon, you can access our digital collections online anytime, anywhere! Our staff has gathered some Cheyenne Frontier Days and rodeo-related content for you to peruse, but you can find much more Wyoming history with each database linked below.

A historic newspaper page with photos of Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1944.

Page 4 of the Fort Warren Sentinel from July 28, 1944.

Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection
Historic newspapers are full of information, including photographs, illustrations, weather reports, and social columns. Our earliest archive dates back to 1849 but many of these papers survived for only a brief time and disappeared like the boom-and-bust ghost towns of Wyoming and the west. This collection contains 142,270 issues comprising 1,171,758 pages. Here are some of our Cheyenne Frontier Days favorites:
Wyoming Publicity Edition (August 1, 1913)
Wyoming State Ledger (June 27, 1922)
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (July 27, 1943)
Fort Warren Sentinel (July 28, 1944)

Wyoming Places
This fun digital collection provides information about locations, histories, and name origins of places in the great state of Wyoming. There are twelve search results for the keyword “cowboy,” including Beatty Gulch, named for cowboy James Beatty, who was thrown from his horse at that location. The town of Frontier in Lincoln County is now long-gone, but was once a successful mining town that was “pleasantly located, with good schools and churches, electric light and excellent water system.”

Wyoming Publications
This database contains Wyoming government agency documents and federal publications concerning the State of Wyoming. You’ll find budget requests, agency reports, and even historic brand books:
Official Brand Book of the State of Wyoming (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Scoping Statement: Checkerboard Wild Horse Removal (2016)

Patent schematics

System for Practicing Roping (Patent 4498676)

Wyoming Inventors
System for Practicing Roping (Patent 4498676 by Robert R. Runner of Pavillion, WY)
Animal Roping System (Patent 8579293 by Casey Sellers and Colter Sellers of Buffalo, WY)
Training Apparatus for Calf Roping (Patent 8297980 by William Clark Reynolds of Wright, WY)

Wyoming Trademarks
Did you know you can check the status of Wyoming trademarks with our digital collection? Our database catalogs Wyoming trademarks, both current and archived, issued since 1881.
Cheyenne Frontier Days (active)
100th Annual 1996 Cheyenne Frontier Days (inactive)
Return to the West (inactive)

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