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This is a sample collection of Wyoming Stories... tales told by the legends who live them. Produced by the Wyoming State Archives, a division of State Parks & Cultural Resources.

Explore the Wyoming State Archives Oral History Database to view the full collection! (link opens in a new tab/window)

The 1970's Boom and Bust of Rock Springs, Wyoming featuring recollections of Ray Lorenzon, former owner of the ToastMaster Bar. Part of a series produced by the Sue Castaneda for the Wyoming State Archives. The interviewer is Wyoming historian Mark Junge. The project was funded by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. 

Using funds from a Curt Kaiser estate bequest and a Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund grant, the Wyoming State Archives has begun an aviation oral history project. To add to its existing collection, new oral histories have been produced that further document Wyoming’s vast and varied contributions to aviation, including: military, commercial and private pilots, airport employees, etc. Links to some of these interviews are included below.

These are Wyoming Stories... Tales told by the legends who live them. Produced by the Wyoming State Archives, a division of State Parks & Cultural Resources.

Our very own TV show about life off the beaten path in Wyoming.

Interviews with Wyoming Governors.

Joe Meyer, April 22, 1941 - October 6, 2012

Honorable Joseph "Joe" Meyer

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A compilation of remembrances from the oral histories of 14 people involved in one way or another with the Cokeville Elemenatary School Bombing, May 16, 1986. Cokeville, Wyoming. (see below). Each of the full oral histories and transcripts is available as well. "On May 16, 1986, the little town of Cokeville, Wyoming, face a life-changing event that rocked its peace and security as a man and his wife held hostage 154 children, teachers and visitors in the community's cole elementary school.

This story shocked the nation as a whole school was forced into a crowded classroom with a bomb as well as an armed man and his accomplice who terrorized their captives for three hours. The bomb did detonate and fire, thick black smoke and toxi fumes filled the room. Although many were burned, some severely, only the perpetrators of this horrible incident died. One of the miracles that day was that not a single person was lost. Others miracles were reported and some of those are recorded in this compilation...." Description from the preface of "Witness to Miracles: Remembering the Cokeville Elementary School Bombing."