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The Wyoming Rancher Who Revolutionized the Coffee Industry

In 1868, John Arbuckle invented a new process that changed the coffee industry forever.

In those days, coffee beans weren't preserved and often spolied after they were roasted...

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Wyoming State Archives
Wyoming State Archives
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Wyoming’s Most Famous Dog: Thornburgh ‘The Pony Express Stable Dog’

Fort Bridger is one of Wyoming's most historic sites. Established as a trading post in 1842, it became a popular resting place for weary travellers on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails...

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Built by Barney Ford in 1870, the Inter-Ocean Hotel was a Cheyenne landmark for nearly four decades. Photo Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
Built by Barney Ford in 1870, the Inter-Ocean Hotel was a Cheyenne landmark for nearly four decades. Photo Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives.
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The Legendary Story of Barney Ford

Barney Launcelot Ford was born into slavery in the 1820s. From his humble roots on a Viriginia farm, the illegitmate son of a white plantation owner and black woman eventually became one of the wealthiest men in the west and a prominent pioneer for civil rights...

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Christian Petersen, Getty Image
Christian Petersen, Getty Image
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Meet Wyoming’s Biggest YouTube Star: ‘Grapeapplesauce’

Imagine getting paid to play video games all day. One 21-year-old man from Cheyenne is living the dream.

His real name is Sean, but to the over 340,000 subscribers on his YouTube page, he's known as "Grapeapplesauce"...

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Mark Kolbe, Getty Images
Mark Kolbe, Getty Images
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Olympic Medal Winners From Wyoming

Just in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, here's a look back at five medal winning athletes from right here in Wyoming.

Lance Deal – Born in Riverton and raised in Casper, Deal won a silver medal in the Hammer Throw at the 1996 Summer Games...

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One of the original Taco House locations on 701 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Cole Collection, Wyoming State Archives.
One of the original Taco House locations on 701 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. Cole Collection, Wyoming State Archives.
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Legends of Cheyenne Frontier Days, Part 5: ‘Taco’ John Turner

The Taco John's fast food chain now operates over 400 restaurants in 25 states, but it all started with a small food truck down the street from Cheyenne Frontier Days...

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Wyoming State Archives
Wyoming State Archives
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Cheyenne Frontier Days in Pictures: 1897-1901

As we gear up for the 120th annual "Daddy of 'em All", here's a look back at the very first Cheyenne Frontier Day celebration in 1897 (it was originally a one day event)...

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Wyoming State Archives
Wyoming State Archives
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Legends of Cheyenne Frontier Days, Part 4: The Story of T. Joe Cahill

20-year-old T. Joe Cahill was an usher and sold programs at the very first Cheyenne Frontier Day in 1897. It was the first of 67 consecutive years he worked at CFD...

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Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images for Sony Pictures
Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images for Sony Pictures
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Meet The ‘Wyoming Ghostbusters’

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Meet the Wyoming Ghostbusters.

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Brandon Nimmo connects for his first major league home run versus the Chicago Cubs on July 1, 2016. Elsa, Getty Images.
Brandon Nimmo connects for his first major league home run versus the Chicago Cubs on July 1, 2016. Elsa, Getty Images.
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Wyoming’s Brandon Nimmo Sent Down to the Minor Leagues

If Brandon Nimmo's career ended today, he would have already accomplished something only a handful of players from Wyoming ever have; making it to the big leagues...

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Stephen Dunn, Allsport, Getty Images
Stephen Dunn, Allsport, Getty Images
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Major League Baseball All-Stars From Wyoming

Last night, millions of fans watched the Major League Baseball All-Star game. In its 87 year history, only three Wyoming natives have played in the midsummer classic...

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Gary Cooper nd Helen Burgess star in 'The Plainsman', the story of Wild Bill Hickok and his friends. Hulton Archive, Getty Images.
Gary Cooper nd Helen Burgess star in 'The Plainsman', the story of Wild Bill Hickok and his friends. Hulton Archive, Getty Images.
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Wyoming’s Original ‘Cougar': The Story of Agnes Thatcher Lake

Urban Dictionary loosely defines the term 'cougar' as "a female who is on the hunt for a much younger male".

Perhaps the most famous 'cougar' in Wyoming history is legendary circus performer Agnes Thatcher Lake, who married "Wild" Bill Hickok in 1876 at a house in Cheyenne...

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