Here and Now


  • In 1867, the Union Pacific Railroad arrived in Cheyenne.
  • In 1867, the town site of Cheyenne was laid out.
  • On July 29, 1878, Thomas Edison viewed a solar eclipse south of Rawlins.
  • In 1937, one of the world’s largest steam engines “Big Boy” was put in Holiday Park in Cheyenne.
  • In 1958, Cheyenne became home to the world’s first Atlas ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) base. It is now the largest Minute Man missile base in the free world.
  • Uranium was first discovered in Wyoming in 1949, but the most famous discovery occurred in 1953 when Neil McNeice located the radioactive mineral in the Gas Hills of central Wyoming. Production during the 1950s centered around the Gas Hills and the nearby Shirley Basin.
  • Wyoming was acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
  • Gerald Ford, the thirty-eighth President of the United States, was a Yellowstone Park Ranger as a young man.
  • In a famous 1941 stunt, George Hopkins parachuted onto Devils Tower. He was stranded there for six days before being rescued.
  • In 1902, the first JCPenney store was opened in Kemmerer.
  • It took four treaties for the United States to get the land that makes up Wyoming, more than for any other state.