Top Five Things You Didn't Know About Wyoming

(Wyoming)- No one knows their state's history like Wyomingites, but did you know these nuggets of strange but true Wyoming tidbits? *We considered Secession * Absaroka, named after the Absaroka Range, was an area in the United States, comprising parts of the states of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, that contemplated secession and statehood in 1939. [image: Absaroka_map_from_contemporary_newspaper.jpg] The region's complaints came from ranchers and independent farmers in remote parts of the three states, who resented the New Deal and Democratic control of state governments, especially the government of Wyoming. One of the leaders of the secessionist movement was A. R. Swickard, the street commissioner of Sheridan, Wyoming, who appointed himself "governor" and started hearing grievances in the "capital" of Sheridan. In a craze for state secession felt by the public, state automobile license plates bearing the name were distributed, as well as pictures of "Miss Absaroka 1939". The movement was unsuccessful and fairly short-lived. The chief record of its existence comes from the Federal Writers' Project, which included a story about the plan as an example of Western eccentricity *We wore Human Leather Shoes* This is probably the creepiest fact of Wyoming history. When John Eugene Osborne was inaugurated as Wyoming's 3rd Governor, he wore a pair of custom made leather shoes. The leather came from the skin of deceased criminal George Parrott, better known as "Big Nose George." Parrott was lynched by a vigilante mob in Rawlins in 1881. Osborne was a doctor there at the time. [image: Screen Shot 2013-03-31 at 9.55.29 AM.png] The shoes are on display at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyoming. *We have the only monument to a prostitute * The only known monument in the United States built in honor of a prostitute is located south of Lusk, Wyoming . Called the Old Mother FeatherLegs Shepard Monument, it was erected in 1964. [image: Mother_Featherlegs.jpg] Mother Featherlegs and a live-in companion arrived in the area around Lusk in 1876, and promptly established a whorehouse along the Cheyenne-Black Hills trail, at which establishment gambling and whiskey were supplied in addition to sex. Her companion, who called himself "Dangerous Dick" Davis, claimed to be a hunter and trapper, but spent most of his time lounging around the house instead. The house, little more than a dugout near a stream, soon became a refuge for bandits from the surrounding area, and they would frequently entrust jewels, money, and other valuables to the madam for safe-keeping. One afternoon in the summer of 1879, Mrs. O. J. Demmon, the wife of a local rancher, rode to Mother Featherlegs' for a visit, having no one else to talk to. She discovered the madam's murdered body lying beside the spring; apparently she had been killed while filling a bucket with spring water, and had been dead for two or three days. Tracks in the area indicated that Dangerous Dick had murdered his companion and fled with the money and jewels she was holding for local bandits. Mother Featherlegs was buried quietly on the spot, her identity still unknown. *We are all "duned"* Killpecker Sand Dunes, encompassing approximately 109,000 acres, stretches 55 miles east from the Green River Basin across the Continental Divide into the Great Divide Basin making it the second largest active sand dune field in the world. These dunes owe their presence to two key factors: The Big Sandy and Little Sandy Rivers northeast of Rock Springs, Wyoming where large volumes of sand accumulated on their banks during glacial melting from the Wind River Mountains. Westerly winds that during the past 20,000 years have moved the sand eastward across the continental divide to its present location. [image: Killpecker.jpg] *We had a mini mummy* In October 1932, while digging for gold in the San Pedro mountains, Carbon County, Wyoming, two prospectors, Cecil Mayne and Frank Carr, blasted their way through some thick rock that a large vein of gold continued into. When the dust settled, they saw they had opened up a small room, approximately 4 ft tall, 4 ft wide, and about 15 ft deep. This is where they said that they first saw the mummy of a tiny person. [image: The_San_Pedro_Mountain_Mummy.jpg] This first mummy was examined using X-rays which determined that it was the body of an anencephalic infant "whose cranial deformity gave it the appearance of a miniature adult." A second mummy examined by University of Wyoming anthropologist George Gill and the Denver Children's Hospital in the 1990's was also shown to be an anencephalic infant. DNA testing showed it to be Native American and radiocarbon dating dated it to about 1700. The mummy ended up in Meeteetse, Wyoming, at a local drug store where it was shown as an attraction for several years before it was bought by Ivan T. Goodman, a Casper, Wyoming businessman. The mummy was then passed on to Leonard Wadler, a New York businessman and its present location is unknown. Those are the top five oddest things we could find about Wyoming. Is there anything we missed? Photos H/t Wikipedia #reboot #news #county10 #county17 #springcity #buckrail #dally #oilcity #shortgo