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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. […]

Martha Sleeper: from Meeteetse to Movie Stardom

Martha Sleeper: from Meeteetse to Movie Stardom By David Cunningham   Many celebrities come from very small towns but still succeed. While coming from a small place can present obstacles to anyone’s career, success mostly comes down to an individual’s talent, connections, and drive. Martha Sleeper’s life is an example of this. Born during 1910 […]

Meeteetse, Polar Bears, and the State Vessel of Massachusetts

Meeteetse, Polar Bears, and the State Vessel of Massachusetts by David Cunningham   Few American marine vessels were as significant as the schooner Effie M. Morrissey. Now named the Ernestina-Morrissey, she not only made many scientific expeditions to the Arctic during the early 1900s with Captain Bob Bartlett at the helm, but even surveyed the […]

Soldiers of Misfortune

Soldiers of Misfortune By Amy Phillips During research for the first season of Meeteetse Stories, the Meeteetse Museums’ podcast, we discovered something odd: more than one veteran from Meeteetse had a prison record. The first veteran with a rap sheet was Grover Cleveland Gabbard. Born at the end of the first presidential term of President […]

The Boys of Company K

The Boys of Company K By Amy Phillips   The United States joined World War I on April 2, 1917. At the time the United States military had a standing army of just 127,500. For comparison, 116,516 Americans, or 91% of the United States standing army at the start of the conflict, lost their lives […]

Meeteetse’s Connection to Fort Washakie

To understand Meeteetse’s early relationship with Fort Washakie, one must go back to 1868 when the Fort Bridger Treaty Council established the Wind River Reservation boundaries we are still familiar with today. One of the conditions of the Fort Bridger Treaty was that the United States Army would be present to protect the Shoshone from […]

A Place to Call Home: Amelia Earhart in Meeteetse

A Place to Call Home: Amelia Earhart in Meeteetse by David Cunningham In 1934, legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart loaded up her car back east and, with her new husband, publisher George Putnam, began driving her way across the country. They were heading for Meeteetse, Wyoming, and the Double Dee Guest Ranch where they planned to […]

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