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Richard Ashworth: The Cattleman Who Barely Left a Trace

Richard Ashworth: The Cattleman Who Barely Left a Trace By Alexandra Deselms, Interim Director & Director of Collections Meeteetseans know the story of Richard Ashworth, his unique house, and the jealousy of his foreman, Wilfred Jevons. But do you know the full story? Richard Ashworth was born between 1853 and 1856 in England (sources vary). […]

Fall from Grace: Dr. William Sabin Bennett

By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs Dr. William Sabin Bennett was Meeteetse’s town doctor from 1899 until moving to Cody in 1909. Aside from being a well-respected physician, Bennett also served as mayor numerous times. William Sabin Bennett was born in Lawrence, Kansas on July 1, 1870, to Joseph Dexter Bennett and Carrie […]

John Franklin Corbett

By Amy Phillips John Franklin Corbett was a founding member of both Arland and Meeteetse. Corbett was born in Massachusetts to Matthias and Johanna Corbett soon after the couple immigrated to the United States from Ireland. Genealogy records of Corbett are rare until he settled in Meeteetse, but a biography published by A.W. Bowen in […]

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part I: Sylvia Mikkelson

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part I: Sylvia Mikkelson By Amy Phillips Women in the 19th century are typically not thought of in the world of business. Despite that way of thinking, Meeteetse has been home to many women-owned businesses from the start. Focusing on early Meeteetse, we are limiting the focus to two women […]

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part II: Mary J. Corbett

Women Proprietors of Early Meeteetse Part II: Mary J. Corbett By Amy Phillips Mary Josephine Corbett led a fascinating life, and not only because of her numerous divorces. She was born in Brome, Quebec, Canada in 1854 as Mary Josephine Wing. Mary came to the United States in 1871, a date listed on the census […]

Colorizing Photographs: Insight into the New Member’s Benefit

Colorizing Photographs: Insight into the New Member’s Benefit By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs The Meeteetse Museums VIP members can now send scans of their personal black and white photographs to Museum staff to be colorized, but how does that process work? The History Colorization of black and white photographs and films was […]

The Mystery of Edna Wilson

The Mystery of Edna Wilson By Amy Phillips Just two years after Meeteetse officially became a town, a young girl by the name of Edna Wilson went missing. Edna Wilson was one of five children born to Andrew and Margaret Wilson. Her family had come to Wyoming in 1881 from Colorado, settling on Meeteetse Creek. […]

Molesworth and Belden: A Collaboration in Design

Molesworth and Belden: A Collaboration in Design By David Cunningham, Executive Director Thomas Molesworth and Charles Belden are two men whose artistry captured the true essence of the American West. Molesworth, a furniture designer, and Belden, a western photographer, collaborated to create unique pieces of furniture, which served both a utilitarian and aesthetic function. Commissioned […]

Bison of the Bighorn Basin Project: An Update

Bison of the Bighorn Basin Project: An Update By Amy Phillips Bison are iconic figures here in the West. Not only are bison the national mammal of the United States, they also have a rich history. To uncover some of that history, the Meeteetse Museums embarked on the “Bison of the Bighorn Basin” project in […]

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