Tracing its roots to a work camp for men digging irrigation ditches early in the 20th century, Powell, Wyoming, in northern Park County, remains an agricultural hub. Its economy has been boosted over the last century, however, by nearby coal mines and oil wells, and by public schools, a hospital and a community college, the last three of which are now the town’s largest employers. In 1994, Powell was one of 10 municipalities named an All-America City by the National Civic League.
Jeremy M. Johnston, a native of Powell, Wyo., currently works as the managing editor of The Papers of William F. Cody at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he taught history more than fifteen years at Northwest College and has written a number of articles as well as a photographic history of his hometown.