Beginning in 1858, a group of Iowa-based German Lutherans worked to establish a ministry on Deer Creek near present Glenrock, Wyo. Plagued by sparse funding and widening Indian wars, the effort finally collapsed. Three converted Cheyenne boys returned to Iowa with the missionaries and died there; their families never knew what happened to them.
James H. Nottage
James H. Nottage holds BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Wyoming. He is chief curator emeritus of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis and was founding chief curator of the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. Nottage is completing a volume on the history of what is now Wyoming between 1862 and 1866 with a focus on the Oregon, Overland, Bridger, and Bozeman Trails and the military and civilian communities associated with them.