An ancient pigment mine, a Cheyenne attack and a call for photos

This month, we feature valuable artifacts, an Indian Wars expedition and work on the 2025 Wyoming Historical Society’s calendar.

Moving fast

“I knew we had to do something really quick. I was ready to lay down in front of a probably D17 [bulldozer] to stop that thing,” said George Frison, head of the anthropology department at the University of Wyoming. Read about the artifact-rich archaeological site Frison was prepared to defend: Powars II at Sunrise, Wyoming, in Ellis Hein’s article, “The Red Ocher Mine at Sunrise.

Charging the soldiers

Hundreds of Cheyenne warriors charging a group of U.S. soldiers along a creek named Bonepile fulfills more than one Hollywood cliché. But these events on a hot August morning in 1865, 10 miles south of present Gillette, Wyoming, were very, very real. Read more in Justin Horn’s article, “Battle at Bonepile Creek: The 1865 Sawyers Expedition.”

2025 Wyoming Historical Society’s Calendar

The Wyoming Historical Society is now planning its 2025 calendar, and welcomes historic photos for consideration. For details, contact Executive Director Aley Philp at, or call 307-322-3014.

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Upcoming Events around Wyoming

For January calendar events, visit the Wyoming Historical Society’s  website. If you know of upcoming history-related events in Wyoming, send a note to