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A little-known Union Pacific town and chronicles of frontier life

A little-known Union Pacific town and chronicles of frontier life

January 2022

This month, we feature Black miners in Dana and a diarist recording his life at Bordeaux—Wyoming Territory, that is, not France.

Union members or strikebreakers?

Black strikebreakers were imported to the company coal town of Dana on the Union Pacific line in February 1890, but may instead have joined a strike there against unfair pay. Their presence made Dana the only coal town ever in Wyoming with a Black majority. Later, many settled in Hanna and Rock Springs. Read more in Brie Blasi’s article, “The Forgotten Town of Dana, Wyo.: A Story of Black Legacy and Miners’ Rights.

A man of many trades

John Hunton, initially a sutler’s clerk at Fort Laramie, later a government hay and freight contractor, cattle rancher and land commissioner kept daily diaries of his life from the mid-1870s to 1888—leaving a valid and vivid portrait of that time. Read more in L.G. “Pat” Flannery & Michael Griske’s article, “John Hunton and His Diaries of the Wyoming Frontier.”

Calendar Events

Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody
Cody Culture Club: The Ecology of Migration. Jan. 13, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Are We There Yet? The Ecology of Migration With Nathan Doerr and Corey Anco. Join us select Thursdays January through April for Cody Culture Club. Appetizers and cash bar at every program. If you love Cody, you're part of the Club! For more information, click here.
 
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Jackson
Check out our Community Co-op winter exhibit, “Teton Teater: Creating Art & Community in Jackson Hole” now through April 9, 2022, a newly curated show of Archie Boyd Teater’s painting, objects and remembrances from the 1920s through the 1970s. All new pieces, personal artifacts and community memories will be on display through April 9, 2022. For more information, visit our home page.
 
Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne
Family Day: Ice Age Registration, Jan. 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. With glaciers taller than mountains, giant mammoths roaming the tundra, and freezing temperatures, the world would have been a tough place to live during the Ice Age. Join the Wyoming State Museum for Ice Age, a family day that explores how people survived and thrived during that time, despite some really tricky challenges. From glacial games and activities to chill arts and crafts, it’s sure to be cool for the whole family!
 
To keep all families COVID-safe, we are requiring timed-registration for this event. Register for free here, selecting your 1-hour time slot and providing the number of people in your party. There will also be take-home crafts available for those families who would prefer to enjoy this event at home.
 
Please call us with any questions: 307-630-2573.
 
Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland
World War I America Traveling Exhibit: Jan. 27, 2022 through March 16, 2022. Opening gala January 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This exhibit invites audiences to examine this transformational event in American history through photos, videos and interactive displays. At the opening gala, curator Stefanie Kowalczyk will introduce the highlights of this engaging exhibit. The gala will also feature live music from the era, appetizers and a cash bar. Cost: FREE to members, $10/general public.
 
Children’s STEAM Class on “Nano-Meter Science & Stained Glass Windows,” Saturday Jan. 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE to children grades K-5.
  
For more information, see the home page, or call the museum at (307) 347-4102.
  
Uinta County Museum, Evanston
First Thursday at the Museum: Bring your lunch to the museum on the first Thursday of the month any time between noon and 1:00 p.m. We'll provide the beverages. You can tour the museum, meet new people, hear about upcoming exhibits, ask questions, tell stories, provide suggestions or just enjoy the peace and quiet. For more information, see our events page.