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WyoFile's Wyoming: Hyattville and Medicine Lodge

Tucked away amid the red, rolling foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in north central Wyoming, Hyattville is only six miles from Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site, home to numerous petroglyphs and pictograms. Over the years, Hyattville has had a doctor, newspaper, hotel, mercantile and grocery stores — even an opera house — that served a thriving ranching economy. Today, there’s a post office and two cafés, each with a bar. Groceries or gas are 17 miles or more away, in Basin, Worland and Ten Sleep. It was 1866 when Samuel W. Hyatt moved to a scattered settlement at the confluence of Paint Rock Creek and Medicine Lodge Creek. But what he and other early settlers of what is now Hyattville didn't know was that people had been living in that same area for the last 10,000 years.

WyoFile's Wyoming: The Occidental Hotel

On a visit to Buffalo in 1997, at the intersection of Main and Fort Streets, Dawn Wexo happened to glance to the right and saw the old Occidental Hotel. The next day, a realtor showed them through. Dawn had experience with historic building renovations and suspected the Occidental might be a gem under all the ‘50’s era false walls, ceilings, worn-out rugs and peeling paint. One sign of encouragement was the impressive back bar in the Occidental Saloon, with Tiffany-like stained glass. Wexo learned it was built by the Glasgow Glass Works in Scotland, and then shipped to Buffalo. The Wexos bought the building for $180,000 and spent $1.6 million on the restoration, resulting in a hefty mortgage. The work of restoring the hotel hasn’t been easy, what with daunting financial and health challenges. But eventually, the original Occidental emerged. Tin ceilings and wainscoting and wooden floors were in superb shape (though the dance floor in the bar did need to be jacked up about five inches).

Bears by the Numbers, Keeping Tabs on Our Bruins

Casper — Ever since that day in 1961 that the Craighead brothers, Frank and John, placed a radio collar around the neck of Marian, a female grizzly bear, bear biologists have formally designated bears with numbers.

Marian was No. 40 …

Yellowstone, Teton Plan Reduces Snowmobiles in Park

Photo Credit: Jim Peaco

Casper — With the winter season closing in and Wyoming snow outfitters in limbo, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park officials unveiled a temporary winter use plan that lowers daily snowmobile numbers by more than 40 …

Close Elk Feedgrounds Before It's Too Late

An open letter

Dear “X” and Governor Dave Freudenthal,

I’m writing to the next director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and to the Wyoming governor, on a matter of some urgency.

You’re running out of time to phase …