Hope you enjoy your visit, and remember...
Good Cowgirls keep their calves together!
A LITTLE GEOGRAPHY....
We hang our hat in the Big Horn mountains of Northeast Wyoming, not too far from the town of Sheridan. At our latitude, and our elevation of 5500' (almost 2000' higher than Sheridan), we can get some interesting weather, you betcha.
Folks often ask if we live near Yellowstone. Well, yes and no. It's only 170 miles to the west of us, but it takes 4 hours to get there because of the Big Horn and Absaroka Mountain Ranges that lie between us. They make the drive longer, but also spectacular!
Take a look at our scenery for yourself! Visit my Wyoming Photo Album!
A LITTLE HISTORY.....
Before the white man came, this area was in the heart of Indian Territory.Crow, Lakota, Cheyenne and other tribes inhabited the area, which was a tremendous hunting ground. In fact, the famous Lakota chief, Red Cloud, used to winter not far from here, in the Crazy Woman Canyon.
When gold was discovered in Montana, John W. Bozeman established the Bozeman trail, which was the easiest route through the Powder River Country for prospectors, and later for wagon trains headed toward Oregon. (The ruts from the wagon wheels are still visible in the fields near our house.) This influx of whites was a shameful violation of the treaty of 1851, which established this country as Indian Territory. As the native tribes fought to maintain control over their hunting grounds, army forts were set up along the Bozeman Trail to defend the white emigrants from Indian attacks. The remains of Ft Phil Kearney, the fort with the bloodiest history of any fort in the West, is nearby. The fort was burned to the ground by Chief Red Cloud after the US Army finally abandoned it.
In addition to the bloody skirmishes between the whites and the Native peoples, there were several infamous shootouts between cowboys. To the south, near Kaycee, is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's famous "Hole in the Wall" hideout. Johnson County is also home to the T-A Ranch, site of the bloody conclusion of the Johnson County Cattle Wars.
"There's a little cowboy in all of us, a little frontier."
A LITTLE WILDLIFE....
Wyoming is known for its abundant and varied wildlife. At one time, huge herds of bison roamed the plains . There are still bison to be seen, though the herds are less vast...Kendrick Park in Sheridan hosts a small number of bison (and elk!), and we live not far from the RBL Bison Ranch, which is open to the public. Here at our house, we often see coyote, red fox, whitetail and mule deer, bald eagles, pheasants, hawks...and far less frequently, mountain lions and black bear! And wolves have been reintroduced to Yellowstone Park -- a controversial issue in this state, of course, but I am hopeful the wolves can continue to thrive in one of the few places left to them.
"God Bless Wyoming and keep it wild."
~Helen Mettler, Age 15
last entry in her diary, 1925
Thanks for stoppin' by and settin' a spell. This page only touches on a few of the things that make Wyoming so special...some of the links will give you more information, and perhaps entice you to visit! It's a beautiful place.
But if you can't visit, don't despair! Just remember....
"To make a prairie it takes
a clover and one bee ~~~
A clover, and a bee,
The reverie alone will do,
If bees are few."
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squat with yer spurs on!"
~ Baxter Black
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