Wyoming National Guard soldiers joined tens of thousands of others from around the nation near the Mexican border in 1916, after regular U.S. troops were sent to chase the revolutionary Pancho Villa and his forces into Mexico. None of the guardsmen saw action, but all received important training as World War I loomed.
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|Fort Laramie Treaty 1868||Tom Rea|
|Fort McKinney||WyomingHeritage.org, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Fort Phil Kearny||WyomingHeritage.org, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Fort Reno||Lori Van Pelt, WyomingHeritage.org|
|Grattan Fight||Douglas R. Cubbison|
|Grattan Massacre||Douglas R. Cubbison|
|Mexican Punitive Expedition, Wyoming National Guard and, 1916||Carl V. Hallberg|
|Military horses, Wyoming as breeding ground for, 1897-1949||Rebecca Hein|
|Murals, Casper Army Air Base||Eric Wimmer|
|Platte Bridge Station, Battle of||Ellis Hein|
After the Civil War, about one-fifth of the regular U.S. cavalry troops in the West were black. These buffalo soldiers were sent to keep order on a disorderly frontier—a difficult job with blurry ethical boundaries. Despite meager food, castoff equipment and chronic racial prejudice, they performed well.
Seeking a shorter way to the goldfields of Montana Territory, former prospector John Bozeman traced a route through the Powder River Basin—prized buffalo grounds for the resident tribes. A few hundred emigrants used the route between 1863 and 1866; later, as tribal resistance grew, it became primarily a military road.