Carl Henning

Hoofprints of the Past Museum

Another small town museum, this one in Kaycee, Wyoming: Hoofprints of the Past Museum. The Hole in the Wall gang hung out nearby along with quite a few other outlaws. And we learned about the Johnson County War.

Rich cattlemen in Johnson County resolved to kill off competing smaller ranchers. They were joined by some hired Texas gunslingers. Known as The Invaders, they started a killing spree. But word got out of their location and they were surrounded. Their friends included the governor, Senators, and the president. So the army was sent to rescue them. They were taken into custody, transported to Cheyenne (the capital), and released without charges. Locals have not trusted Cheyenne, or Washington D.C., ever since.

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