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For our last activity of the year, I've been counting down our top stories of 2016.  We've had over 100,000 hits with these stories, and we are glad that our followers and members are enjoying them.  We'd love to hear from you in 2017 about your favorite historic places and spaces!

Please let me know if you have any questions about our website or social media programming, or if you would like to submit a story. 
Luke Anderson
Preservation Programs Assistant
#5: Tie Hacking and Splash Dams
Reached 4,800 people
As with most new technologies, the unification of east and west through the transcontinental railroad required a lot of resources. In addition to the steel of the tracks and spikes, the other primary material needed to build the railroad is timber. Tie hacking, the term used for the cutting of timbers to produce railroad ties, became an important industry in Wyoming’s forests. Today, many remnants of tie hacking from the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as cabins and splash dams still remain in Wyoming’s national forests.  Read more here.
#4: Adobe Town
Reached 5,300 people
This piece by AHW Member David Egolf argues that, " At the very least, [the Adobe Town Corral] and its immediate environs, if not the whole of Adobe Town deserves historic designation and protection from industrialization such has road building and well-site construction."  Read more here.
#3: Hotel Tomahawk
Reached 5,700 people
Cars and pick-up trucks bypass the Hotel Tomahawk in Green River like it was just another piece of real estate, but for nearly 60 years Lincoln Highway and Wyoming motorists stayed there as they traveled to their destinations. Read this piece by AHW volunteer Gregory Hasman here.
#2: Shoshone Episcopal Mission School
Reached 6,000 people
Sadly, the Shoshone Episcopal Mission School was lost to an unsolved arson on March 24.  The Shoshone Episcopal Mission School was significant in several ways. It was the first Episcopal mission school for girls established in what was then the Wyoming Territory. The mission has been operating since the 1880s, making the historical context for the site well over a century old. The school's association with two prominent individuals in Wyoming history - John Roberts and Chief Washakie - also makes the site significant. Read more here.
#1: Empire, Wyoming
Reached 12,100 people
This piece by Robert Galbreath was inspired by our efforts to highlight diversity in historic preservation and started in part by a partnership with Dr. Kerry Pimblott's Black American West course at the University of Wyoming. Northeast of the present day town of Torrington, Wyoming, and a mile over the state line in Nebraska, is the Sheep Creek Cemetery that once served the community of Empire, Wyoming.  Empire was founded in 1908 by African American settlers who came from Nebraska to build a racially self-sufficient, politically autonomous community in the Equality State.  Empire thrived for about a decade, but vanished from the map in the mid-1920s.  

AHW Vice President Thomas Tisthammer has the following to say about Empire.

Since I was a small child and found my first arrowhead in the pasture on our homestead south of Torrington I have been aware that Wyoming has a history that has largely been forgotten. I was reminded of this recently when I read an article by a UW graduate student about the town of Empire, WY, and the Exoduster movement. This tiny settlement was located only 10 miles from where I grew up and yet during my years of schooling in Wyoming I heard not one word about this ill-fated homesteader community. There are those of us in Wyoming for whom history is more than just another roadside attraction. We are the members of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming.

Read more here.
Like many nonprofits, we rely on membership dues and donations to support our programming, and 100% of our board donates not only their time but their resources.  We're wrapping up the year with a major matching campaign from our Vice President Thomas Tisthammer and Past President Mary Humstone.  Together they will be matching contributions collected in the last 10 days of 2016.  
We appreciate your support, Thom and Mary!  
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