Traveling Back in Time Part II

In December, we posted about the Big Piney 4th Graders visiting the Sommers Ranch Homestead near Pinedale, Wyo. The McKinnon School also visited the Sommers Ranch Homestead Museum and Living History Center in October 2012. It was a great experience for the students to learn Wyoming history. J.B. Bond showed the group how to makeContinue reading “Traveling Back in Time Part II”

Traveling Back in Time

The Big Piney 4th Grade class visited the Sommers Ranch Homestead Museum and Living History Center in September. It was a great experience for the students with them learning Wyoming history this year. Clint Gilchrist talked about Indian archaeology on the place. Angie Boroff taught roping and let the kids pet Nibbles, the horse. DawnContinue reading “Traveling Back in Time”

The Art of Irrigating

Mosquitoes buzzing, sweat dripping from the brow under the rim of a cowboy hat, shovel over the shoulder and black rubber irrigating boots almost to the knees is the description of a rancher while irrigating. The rancher can be seen swatting at the mosquitoes so there is a path through the mosquitoes to breathe andContinue reading “The Art of Irrigating”

Beginnings of Jonah

A proverb tells us “from small beginnings come great things,” and this was the case with the Jonah Field. As you will recall from my first RealEnergy post, I was a part of a tour of this vast and productive oil and gas field near Pinedale, Wyo. last fall. Wyoming historian Ann Chambers Noble wasContinue reading “Beginnings of Jonah”

Bessey’s Equality

The saga of Bessey Stacy Badger, my great-grandmother’s mother, who homesteaded with her husband, Leland, is a story of equality. They homesteaded in eastern Wyoming in the late eighteen hundred’s. Wyoming was known as the “equality state,” a fortunate state for Bessey and Leland to choose to homestead. This is not a story about Leland. Continue reading “Bessey’s Equality”

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