Buffalo Bones:

Stories from Wyoming's Past

The column, titled Buffalo Bones: Stories From Wyoming's Past, appeared in Wyoming newspapers for the first time in 1979.  The first series ran until about 1986, syndicated by the Wyoming State Archives, Museums and Historical Department. A second series ran for a couple of years in the middle 1990s that was "self-syndicated" by Phil Roberts. The present series was revived by the Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Department, in 2002. It continues to appear in newspapers statewide.

The original Buffalo Bones column was started by Phil Roberts who, at the time, was working as a historian for the Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department in Cheyenne. The name came from Burton Thompson (1916-2000), Cheyenne native and long-time newsman, "on the premise that while the bones of buffalo were 'artifactual' reminders of a by-gone era, [the stories] are written reminders of Wyoming's past." Thompson's father, John Charles Thompson, had written a column titled "In Old Wyoming" for many years while he worked as editor of the Wyoming State Tribune.  Lola Homsher and colleagues in the State Archives from the 1950s to about 1965 wrote a regularly syndicated column titled "From the Archives."

Following are several samples of past "Buffalo Bones" columns:

The Wyoming Corral of Westerners celebrated its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2003. Read about the history of this organization.

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