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Author to Speak On Johnson County War in Casper Tuesday

November 22, 2011

John W. Davis, author of "Wyoming Range War," will give a talk on the Johnson County War of 1892 Tuesday, Nov.  29, at 7 p.m. at the UW Outreach Building, 951 N. Poplar Street in Casper. The event is sponsored by the University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center and the UW College of Law.

"Wyoming Range War" is the story of the 1892 Johnson County War, in which some of Wyoming's biggest cattlemen, under the guise of eliminating rustling from the open range, hired two dozen gunmen and invaded Johnson County to clean out 70 rustlers and other "undesirables." The Johnson County War has never lost its imaginative power, Davis said, and was the basis for such classic novels as "The Virginian" and "Shane."

Davis is an attorney who has practiced law in Worland for nearly 40 years. He is the author of several books, including "A Vast Amount of Trouble" and "Goodbye, Judge Lynch." His book "Wyoming Range War" has received rave reviews from The "Western Historical Quarterly" and "Roundup Magazine."

For more information, call the UW/CC Center at (307) 268-2713.

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