The Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation has prepared the April snowmelt runoff forecasts and operating plans for the North Platte River Basin. Read on...
The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) is a collaborative, county-led process intended to result in one, multi-county legislative lands package that is broadly supported by public lands stakeholders in Wyoming, and advanced to the Congressional delegation for introduction in Congress. The ultimate goal is a new federal law that governs the designation and management of Wyoming’s 42 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and 3 U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Wyoming; and, where opportunities exist, addresses other public land management issues affecting the broader landscape.
The Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) has established principles and guidelines for the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI). Details on how Natrona County is participating can be found here.
Be sure to visit the WPLI Hub for more information and an interactive map.
Natrona County is 128 years strong on April 8, 2018!
"The commissioners appointed by Governor Warren took the oath of office on March 5, 1890, before R. H. Wilbur, a justice of the peace residing in Casper. Immediately after the oath of office was administered, the commissioners designated Casper, in the unorganized county of Natrona, as the place to hold its meetings. The first regular meeting of the new commissioners was held on the 5th day of March, 1890, at 4 o'clock p. m., in the office of the Wyoming Lumber company, George Mitchell being president of the lumber company, and the office was located where the Nicolaysen Lumber company yards are now located. At this meeting Bryant B. Brooks was chosen chairman of the board, George Mitchell, secretary, and F. H. Harvey was appointed attorney for the board.
The board ordered that an election be held within the unorganized county of Natrona, on the 8th day of April, 1890, for the purpose of electing all county and precinct officers of the said county of Natrona, and for the selection of a county seat for the said county.
The notice of the election was ordered published in the Casper Weekly Mail, the first paper published in Casper, and the only one published here at that time.
The next exciting event was the county election, held April 8, 1890, and the selection of the county seat was the big drawing card of the day. The contest for the county seat was between Casper and Bessemer from the very moment that it was officially declared that there was to be a Natrona county, and after the smoke of battle had cleared away it was learned that in the entire county Bessemer had received 731 votes, against 353 for Casper....."
This is text taken from History of Natrona County Wyoming 1888-1922 by Alfred James Mokler (page 8-9). Read the rest of the story at the Internet Archive website. You can download a version of this book. Thanks to Kevin Anderson, you can view photos of the original recordings and read about it in our founders' own words.