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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1959, the Jackson Hole Ski Area officially opened for business. Located in Teton Village, the ski area has since become one of the premier destinations for winter sports enthusiasts in the state, offering over 4,100 acres of terrain.

2. On July 12, 1892, notorious outlaw Tom Horn arrived in Cheyenne to stand trial for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell. Horn, who had previously worked as a range detective and cattleman, claimed to have been innocent of the crime, but was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.

3. Wyoming's first state capitol building, located in Cheyenne, was destroyed by fire on July 12, 1890. The blaze was reportedly caused by negligence on the part of a worker using a soldering iron.

4. On July 12, 1957, a B-36 bomber crashed near Newcastle, killing all 23 crew members on board. The accident, which was caused by engine failure, remains one of the deadliest in Wyoming's history.

5. The first official broadcast from Wyoming's first radio station, KFBC in Cheyenne, aired on July 12, 1922. The station, which was licensed to the Cheyenne Broadcasting Company, remains on the air today as part of the Townsquare Media network.
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