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By Don Ricks
Jan 31, 2017

It was the first time she'd fired a gun, but she didn't miss As we sat down to the feast at Thanksgiving Aunt Eleanor would always say, "This year ...

By Don Ricks
Oct 11, 2016

As a seasonal ranger, I almost gave the full-timers a story to tell for the ages. Grand Teton National Park, 1959, a Monday morning in June: I was ...

By Don Ricks
Sep 13, 2016

My uncle Garth Crowe's life came to a violent end I was only 4 or 5 years old at the time. But whenever the name Garth was mentioned I was aware of ...


By Don Ricks
Aug 30, 2016

I knew a woman who knew a man born two centuries ago Pete and Eleanor Ridgeway, my uncle and aunt, lived a few blocks north of Eugene Street, which ...

By Don Ricks
Aug 9, 2016

As a young seasonal ranger, it was an OK thing to do As a first year seasonal employee in Grand Teton National Park, I should have spent that summer ...

By Don Ricks
Jul 5, 2016

Sergeant Ricks. Sir? Wind River Canyon is blocked by a rock slide. Do you know the old stage coach road to Thermopolis through Birdseye Pass? Yes, ...


By Don Ricks
Jun 21, 2016

In 1954 the Riverton uranium boom was, well, booming. According to a story making the rounds, a local opportunist we'll call Gary met a mark in the bar. The ...

By Don Ricks
May 24, 2016

My season with the Wyoming Cowboys (and learning about competition from a Cheney) For years afterwards newly met Wyomingites would say, "Don Ricks? ...

By Don Ricks
May 3, 2016

I got an unforgettable double viewing in '59 Two versions of the story circulated in Grand Teton National Park headquarters. Those who knew me ...


By Don Ricks
Apr 19, 2016

There were ways to get around the no-booze rule Today people are living in a subdivision across the Wind River from downtown Dubois. In the 1940s and ...

By Don Ricks
Mar 29, 2016

Thanks to the butcher, the butter survived My great grandmother, Ellen Simpson, finished churning and poured off the buttermilk. A drowned mouse ...

By Don Ricks
Mar 8, 2016

The story I was telling son Jim had to be suspended. We needed to navigate through a bear jam in Yellowstone National Park. Tourists coming from both ...


By Don Ricks
Feb 16, 2016

Two vehicles were waiting when my cousin came home In 1889 rancher Bryant B. Brooks guided a party of hunters on a six week trip by horseback from ...

By Don Ricks
Jan 19, 2016

I recently came across photos of the burned buildings in downtown Dubois following the big fire late in 2014. Sixty-five years ago, the parking spaces in ...

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