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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 […]

Early History of the Meeteetse Blacksmith Shop 

Early History of the Meeteetse Blacksmith Shop  By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs William McNally earns the distinction of owning the Meeteetse townsite before it was a town. McNally was born in New Jersey in 1853 to Irish immigrants. At age 22, in May of 1875 McNally enlisted with the U.S. Army 5th […]

1918 Pandemic in Meeteetse and Park County (Part I)

1918 Pandemic in Meeteetse and Park County: Part I Symptoms, Personal Protective Equipment, and Medicine By Alex Deselms, Director of Collections People have been combating disease by wearing masks and face coverings for centuries. Unfortunately, we don’t have a European doctor’s plague mask in the collection for comparison (these curved beak-like masks were only in […]

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. […]

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