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The 1880's Tourist to Wyoming

The 1880's Tourist to Wyoming

Update: 2024-02-22
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When we think of the early visitors of Wyoming, we think of the cowboys, homesteaders, miners and others coming to the West to make their fortune. There was another group of young men who came west on the trains and stagecoaches. These were young, rich men looking for an adventure and relaxation. They were not in Wyoming to find their fortune but here to vacation.

Among these young tourists was a Harvard student of law, Owen Wister. His journals kept a record of his first arrival to Wyoming. As a world traveler, he was not easily awed but Wyoming caught his imagination and pulled him back for visits over the next 15 years. 

Join Wister on his first weeks in Wyoming, a broken young man who had traveled to Wyoming as part of his 'camp cure' and left with the beginnings of the great American novel, The Virginian. 

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The 1880's Tourist to Wyoming

The 1880's Tourist to Wyoming

Jackie Dorothy * Wyoming History