Frontier newspaperman Asa Mercer began the controversial Northwestern Live Stock Journal in Cheyenne in the 1880s, backing stockmen’s interests. But when prominent cattlemen-vigilantes invaded Johnson County in 1892, he attacked them stridently in his paper and later in The Banditti of the Plains, the book for which he’s best remembered.
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|Farlow, Ed and Tim McCoy with Wind River Indians on stage and screen||Rebecca Hein|
|Freeman, Legh and Frederick||Phil White|
|Frontier Index||Phil White|
|Goes-in-Lodge, Arapaho, with Ed Farlow and Tim McCoy on stage and screen||Rebecca Hein|
|Hayford, James H., editor of the Laramie Sentinel||Judy Knight|
|Hemingway, Ernest, in Wyoming||Jamie Egolf, Chavawn Kelley|
|High, Dick, Casper Star-Tribune editor||Kerry Drake|
|Huidekoper, Virginia, Jackson Hole News co-founder||Kerry Drake|
|Huntington, Gertrude, business manager of Platte Valley Lyre||Lori Van Pelt|
|Huntington, Laura, editor and publisher of Platte Valley Lyre||Lori Van Pelt|
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Bill Nye, first-rank humorist and 1880s editor of the Laramie Boomerang, tickled the funny bones of readers for decades and for a time became as well known, thanks to national speaking tours, as his contemporary Mark Twain.
Joseph Stimson came to Cheyenne in 1889 to take portraits. In 1900, the Union Pacific hired him as a publicity photographer, with wide leeway to choose his subjects. Soon, his agricultural, industrial and scenic views won him a national reputation. The Wyoming State Archives holds a collection of 7,500 Stimson negatives.
Sisters Gertrude and Laura Huntington, the first women newspaper owners in Wyoming, bought the Platte Valley Lyre in Saratoga, Wyo., in 1890 and ran it for 12 years, competing all the while with the Saratoga Sun to inform and entertain their readers. Both women later led long professional careers in Carbon County.
Wyoming’s first poet laureate, award-winning poet and fiction writer Peggy Simson Curry, grew up on a ranch in North Park, Colo., a world that informed much of her work. As an adult she taught writing at Casper College for 25 years, nurturing the work and hopes of generations of writers that followed her.
Lora Nichols of Encampment, Wyo., got a camera for her 16th birthday in 1899 and kept snapping photos until her death at age 78. Her work leaves a vivid record of her time and place, and of her clear-eyed vision of the lives of her neighbors and kin.