Susan Wissler, elected mayor of Dayton, Wyo., in 1912, was Wyoming’s first woman mayor and possibly the second in the nation. Promising to act “without fear or favor,” she served three terms, with some success cleaning up local saloon and gambling elements, all while running her own millinery and dry-goods business.
People & Peoples
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|Black Kettle, Oglala Lakota man killed in 1903||Rebecca Hein|
|Blizzard of 1949||Rebecca Hein|
|Boarding Schools, Indian, in Wyoming and nationwide||Geoffrey O’Gara|
|Boissevain, Inez Milholland, suffragist and orator||Lesley Wischmann|
|Boundary, western Wyoming, survey of, 1874||Lucia McCreery|
|Brazil, Pedro II, emperor of||Phil Roberts|
|Bridger, Jim||James A. Lowe, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office|
|Brooks, Bryant||Wyoming State Archives|
|Brown, Melville C.||Kim Viner|
|Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express||Tom Rea|
People & Peoples
In 1919, 50 years after Wyoming women won the right to vote, Congress finally passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the same rights nationwide. Before the measure could become law, however, 36 of the 48 states would have to ratify it. Wyoming suffragists organized for a final push.
The National Park Service’s Mission 66, initiated in 1956, modernized facilities, built new ones, built roads and added dozens more parks and historic sites. In Wyoming, architects designed buildings meant to enhance visitors’ experiences while protecting the wonders they came to see. The results recast Americans’ relationships with natural beauty.
Wyoming’s trails, roads and highways follow centuries-old Native American hunting and trade routes. For generations, Shoshone, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, Lakota and Crow people gathered plants, visited family and tracked game along watercourses and over mountain passes in the seasonal subsistence patterns of their lives.
Not only was Wyoming Territory the first government in the world to pass a law allowing women unrestricted voting rights—the territory and state can claim a number of other firsts as well. See the list for dozens more firsts for Wyoming women.