From Union Army soldier to teamster to Guernsey, Wyo., town father, John “Posey” Ryan earned a reputation as an honorable man. But his life’s path took a wrong turn when, believing they had stolen his livelihood, he publicly shot his wife and her daughter to death.
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|Bozeman Trail, brief history||Marilyn J. Drew|
|Bridger, Jim||James A. Lowe, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Buffalo Soldiers, Wyoming and the West||Tom Rea|
|Campfield, Mathew, barber and Natrona County coroner||Tom Rea|
|Cantonment Reno||Lori Van Pelt, WyomingHeritage.org|
|Casper Army Air Base Murals||Eric Wimmer|
|Casper Army Air Base, history of||John Goss|
|Connor, Patrick E.||Ellis Hein|
|Crook, Gen. George, campaigns of 1876||Lori Van Pelt|
In 1854, a year of heavy traffic on the Oregon Trail, Fort Laramie was woefully undermanned, tribes were hungry and tensions were growing. That August, in a dispute over a strayed cow, a reckless young West Pointer ignited a war with the Lakota Sioux that would last a generation.
In August 1922, five U.S. Marines “invaded” the U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve at Teapot Dome in central Wyoming to evict oil drillers the government had determined were there illegally. Bribery connected with acquiring those drilling rights eventually led to the Teapot Dome scandal—one of the worst in U.S. politics.