The Story Of Wyoming’s Johnson County War Is Nearly Unbelievable

If you live in Wyoming, you know that there’s a general distaste for big government, and if you live out in the range, chances are you never want to hear a thing from Cheyenne unless it’s to tell you there’s a check on the way. In a land that’s been protected by Washington, D.C. over and over again, why is there such a distrust of big corporations and government officials? Well, our history of range wars has had a lasting legacy out here in the middle of nowhere. Read up on the most famous range conflict, the Johnson County War, to see why.

The Johnson County War and its aftermath was a true slap-in-the-face to smaller ranchers, and the fact that the President of the United States ordered the freedom of a hired mob of killers is something that seems absolutely ludicrous. It has become one of the most talked about conflicts of the American West, and its legacy is still certainly felt in the attitudes of range ranchers today.

Take a look at what these old ranches looked like, back in the day, to enjoy a trip back in time to the days of the Wild West.