Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today In Wyoming's History: May 30

Today In Wyoming's History: May 30:

1903  Theodore Roosevelt visited Cheyenne and Laramie.  He stopped first in Laramie, where he delivered a speech at Old Main.  Invited by Rough Rider veterans to ride to the next stop, Cheyenne, he did so.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Old Picture of the Day: Blacksmith Shop

Neat item from Old Picture of the Day, with interesting commentary as well:

Old Picture of the Day: Blacksmith Shop: Today's picture was taken in 1940, and it shows a blacksmith shop. This would have been a time that was pretty much the end of the era...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Victory In Europe Day

1945 Celebrations break out in the Western World, including one in Halifax that results in a two day riot.
From today's SMH history thread.

Anyone have any interesting events they can relate about what happened in their towns on this day in 1945?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Holscher's Hub: Teepee Poles, Laramie Range

Holscher's Hub: Teepee Poles, Laramie Range: These photographs depict a teepee, sans cover, in the Laramie Range. Teepee poles can last in place for eons, and typically the users...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Holscher's Hub: National Guard Armory, Yale Oklahoma

Holscher's Hub: National Guard Armory, Yale Oklahoma

I recently was in Yale Oklahoma, where I took the following photographs:

As the link to the Holscher's Hub item notes, this Armory was built in 1936.  Nearby Stillwell apparently has a very similar armory built in 1937.  Stillwell is only about 15 miles away.

Today, in Wyoming, we live in an era in which armories are being closed down.  Since I got out of the National Guard in 1987, Guard armories in Rawlins, Wheatland, Riverton and Thermopolis have been shut down. The Guard is smaller now than it was then, but all these towns had active armories prior to WWII, when the Guard was much smaller.  Indeed, the 115th Cavalry Regiment actually had a small section that drilled in Glenrock, which is a very small town, which never had an armory.

Transportation was, of course, much more difficult prior to WWII, but it hadn't really dawned on me how many small armories there were until I saw this one.  Newcastle in our state has a little tiny one, where today it has no Guard unit.  What a different Guard culture this must have created.  The Guard today drills once a month, for a weekend, and for two to three full weeks a year. Back then, the annual AT was just as long, but they drilled one night per week.  With armories like this being all over, the units themselves must often have been really tiny.

That's both good and bad, I suppose.  I can envision quite a few reasons why this would be less than ideal, and a few why it would have been good. But what a different situation it must have been, compared to today.