PODCAST: Wyoming History with Tom Rea
Tom Rea lives in Casper. He's the editor and founder of WyoHistory.org, a project of the Wyoming Historical Society.
Rea has written three books:
- Bone Wars: The Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew Carnegie's Dinosaur
- Devil's Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story
- The Hole in the Wall Ranch: A History
I first learned about him after stumbling upon an article titled Booze, Cops, and Bootleggers, which looks at Casper during Prohibition. We get into the details a little bit more in the podcast episode.
As a history buff, I was delighted to get to talk to him.
Some of my other favorite articles he’s written are about Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill, but he’s also uncovered a lot of characters I’ve never heard of like Mathew Campfield, an African-American Union Army vet who worked as a barber and was elected coroner of Natrona County in the early 1890s.
We chat about the history of Casper and how the Salt Creek oilfield was once the largest producing oil field in the world.
He also tells me a tale about a Wyoming man named Thomas Twist. This and a story about two cowboys who love the same woman and one of them shoots the other. You'll have to listen to find out more about that one! You can listen here for free or on Spotify below.
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