Today in GoWYLD History: Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

Jul 24, 2021

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CIRCA 1963: A used postage stamp from the USA celebrating American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart circa 1963.Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and to fly solo from Hawaii to California. While she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane disappeared in the South Pacific.

You can find a fascinating biography from Explorers & Discoverers of the World in Biography (Gale In Context) a resource in

Amelia and her husband, George Palmer Putnam, visited Wyoming. He wrote an article about their trip, “Out of the Limelight’s Range.” It appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Sept 9, 1934. Included in the article is a delightful photo of the owner of the Double Dee outside of Meeteetse, Carl Dunrud, cutting Amelia’s hair. It seems as if they found a little slice of heaven here in our beautiful state. “For this country of Carl’s had a wondrous wealth of beauty and health and a fine remote restfulness which we loved.”

You can find this article in Historical Newspapers from ProQuest. From, under P, select ProQuest Newspapers. A search for Amelia Earhart will result in almost 89,000 records! So, use the limiters on the left to focus your search. For example, select Historical Newspapers and a time frame. For the above article, I chose 1930-1939. Enjoy browsing! To cut to the chase, add broncos to the search.

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