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Miscellaneous News Clippings 1894 - 1898

The Morning Call. November 10, 1894
San Francisco, Calif. 1878-1895

One Robber Shot Down.

Lander, Wyo., Nov. 9. – Three masked men entered E. C. Enderly's Store at Thermopolis, covered the proprietor with guns and compelled him to give them $1350. He and others pursued the robbers and mortally wounded one, Jake Snyder. The others escaped.

The Salt Lake Herald. May 10, 1895
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Thermopolis, Wyo., May 7. – Captain Richard H. Wilson, the newly appointed Indian agent at the Shoshone agency, has formally notified all cattlemen not having leases that their cattle will not be allowed to range upon the reservation. If found violating the order they will be regarded as tresspassers.

Omaha Daily Bee. December 21, 1896
Omaha, Neb. 187?-1922


B. F. Hanson Gives Thomas Bird a Very Warm Reception.


Prominent Citizens of Central

Wyoming Imbroiled in Threats

Made Result in the Murder of One.

CASPER, Wyo., Dec. 20. – ( Special Telegram. ) Edward Cameron just arrived in Casper from Thermopolis, Wyo., and brings the news of Thomas Birds death.
Bird formerly lived at Glen Rock, Wyo. and for years has made his home In Central Wyoming. Thursday night B. F. Hanson gave a dance at his home at Thermopolis. Bird went over to the dance and just as he stepped into the door, Hanson shot him twice, one ball penetrating hiss forehead and the other in the region of the heart. Bird died immediately. Hanson is a deputy sheriff and runs a saloon at Thermopolis, owns the townsite and is a very well-to-do man. Bird is a member of the firm of Higgins, Bird & McGrath, and was a man of considerable means. At one time he was deputy sheriff of Converse county.
The killing took place in Fremont county. Hanson is under arrest. The killing was over idle talk, and is the outcome of threats.

The Saint Paul Globe. December 22, 1896
St. Paul, Minn. 1896-1905

Out in wyoming etiquette is most rigidly observed. A Thermopolis cattle king attended a dance to which he had no invitation Sunday night, and as a result extra pall bearers will be needed at his funeral on account of the weight of lead in the corpse.

The Salt Lake Herald. December 24, 1896
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Fight at Thermopolis

Lander, Wyo., Dec. 22. – A desperate encounter took place at Thermopolis, 120 miles north of Lander, on the night of the 17th which resulted in the death of one man and the wounding of several innocent parties who witnessed the tragedy.
Thomas Bird, a prominent merchant of Thermopolis and a member of the firm of Higgins, Bird, McGrath, and Ben Hanson, the locator of the land on which Thermopolis was built, were the participants. An old grudge had existed between them for some time time.
A dance was given at the Hanson residence to which Bird went with the evident intention of making trouble and some say with the determination of killing Hanson. On getting sight of the latter Bird drew his revolver and was about to fire when Hanson quickly drew his gun and fired at Bird hitting him three times killing him instantly. Bird leaves a wife and two children. Both men have enjoyed the confidence and respect of the entire community. Hanson himself gave up and is now on his way to the Lander jail.

The Salt Lake Herald. August 10, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Casper Tribune. – The town of Thermopolls will more than likely be moved to the Big Horn hot springs before another season goes by. The people are trying to get land from the state sufficient for a townsite, and if this can be done, and it is very probable that it can, the stores and residence buildings will be moved up as soon as possible, the distance being only five miles.
At the springs the people live in tents, and as there are between 400 and 500 people there now, it is thought that the town of Thermopolis will have a better chance to make a good town at the springs than at its present location.

The Salt Lake Herald. August 12, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Since one mile square has been ceded to the state at the Big Horn hot springs the town of Thermopolis will be moved to the springs. The town is now five miles distant and the people are trying to get sufficient land from the state for a townsite. Their request will doubtless be granted as soon as the state can get the lands surveyed. About 500 people are now living In tents at the hot springs.

The Salt Lake Herald. August 29, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Wyoming Horse Thief Shot
Thermopolis, Wyo., Aug. 27. – A young man named Ray McLane, recently released from the Deer Lodge, Mont., jail, was shot and badly wounded five miles south of this place yesterday afternoon by Deputy Sheriff Lew McCann. McLane had stolen a horse, saddle, and bridle from a nearby ranch and McCann pursued and captured him. While returning to Thermopolis Lane decided to make his escape and started his horse off on a mad gallop in an effort to do so. MeCann ordered the horse thief to stop but his command was not heeded. After firing a shot over the fellows head and he still showed no intention of halting the officer took deliberate aim and fired. The ball took effect in Lanes right side, and he tum bled from his horse. He was then brought to town and his wound dressed.

The Salt Lake Herald. October 23, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

A Wyoming dispatch says: It was learned at the state capitol today that the mile square of land ceded to the state by the federal government can not he surveyed or put on the market till the next legislature makes an appropriation to put this valuable property shape to offer to the public.
As a result the town of Thermopolis has moved to a new location on a government section one mile southwest of the famous Big Horn Hot Springs on a beautiful townsite in the Big Horn valley. The old town of Thermopolis was five miles from the hot springs but since moving to the new location a veritable building boom is going on and many substantial stone business blocks and residences are being erected. This townsite, on government lands, is handled by the Lander, Wyo., United States land office and the state of Wyoming has nothing to do with the sale of town lots.

The Salt Lake Herald. October 24, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

The work of removing the town of Thermopolis from the old site to the new has begun and a building boom is in progress which will soon make one of the substantial towns of the Big Horn basin. The town is located one mile southwest of the famous Big Horn hot springs on one of the prettiest town sites in the Valley of the Big Horn.

The Salt Lake Herald. October 25, 1897
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909


Wyoming Business Man Who Is Accused of Murder

Special Correspondence.
Lander, Wyo., Oct. 23. – It is reported from Thermopolis that Ben Hansen who broke jail here the latter part of July went direct to a friends house near Thermopolis and was sent from there to the Hole-in-the-Wall where he remained for several days. Leaving there he went north wih the avowed I purpose of going to Klondike by the Canadian route.
Hansen was a successful man in Thermopolis and was the proprietor of the townsite but into getting personal difficulty with Tom Bird, a prominent business man of the town, he killed him at a public dance. For this he was arrested and locked up in the Lander jail from which he escaped by cutting his way through the ceiling. He took the horse and saddle of Deputy Sheriff Lague and was many miles away before his escape was known. Hansen did not pay his attorney before leaving and that gentleman has attached his property at Thermopolis.

The Salt Lake Herald. May 18, 1898
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909


L. Payton, of Thermopolis, Wyo., a Raving Maniac.

(Special to The Herald)
Lander, May 17. – L. Payton, editor and proprietor of the Big Horn Pilot, published at the new town of Thermopolis, near the Big Horn hot springs, and traveling solicitor for the Denver Republican, was brought in today by Frank Snavely and placed in the county jail. He is a raving maniac. He has been at Thermopolis for about two weeks and during that time undertook to write up the town and springs and publish the same in his paper. The work was to much for him, and his mind gave way under the strain. Payton was adjudged insane some two and a half years ago and sent to the state asylum, and was there but a short time until released, and since that has been traveling for the Denver Republican. It is not thought he will ever re- cover from this attack.

The Salt Lake Herald. June 11, 1898
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

The Wyoming state board of land commissioners appointed Virgil S. Grout, of Thermopolis, custodian of the Thermopolis hot springs which recently were ceded to the state by the general government. Mr Grout has been instructed to submit plans to the board by which the springs may be managed so as to return an income to the state. It Is proposed to charge a rental to persons who are using the springs for profit. Free bathing facilities will however be accorded the public together with free camping grounds.

The Salt Lake Herald. June 29, 1898
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909


Ferryboat Capsized In the Big Horn Near Thermopolis Wyo.

(Special to The Herald)
Cheyenne, Wyo., June 28. – One of the most deplorable accidents in the history of northern Wyoming occurred yesterday when five persons were drowned in the Big Horn river near the Thermopolis Hot Springs while crossing the stream in a ferry boat. The river is very high and when in the middle the ferry boat capsized Only one of the occupants was saved. Those drowned were Mr and Mrs Harry Beggs and child, Mr O P Gray and Miss Myrtle Cantlin. The bodies have not been recovered.

The Salt Lake Herald. July 09, 1898
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Postmaster appointed today:
Wyoming – Thermopolis, Fremont County, Norman B. Campbell, vice E. C. Ederly, removed.

The Salt Lake Herald. August 04, 1898
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

Fire at Thermopolis.

(Special to the Herald)
Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug. 3. – The big mercantile establishment of Higgins & McGrath, at Thermopolis, Wyo., was totally destroyed by fire Monday night. Loss, $20,000.

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