When Levi Took Command

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 8

The Fort Howes Defenders are pictured above. The original photo description read "Photograph of men waiting in case of war after the Cheyenne trouble when we built the fort (1890s)... on the Circle Bar bunkhouse steps." Photo courtesy of the Levi S Howes Papers, American Heritage Center, Laramie, WY.

By Shane Dunning


In late May of 1897, John Hoover was found dead. The young sheepherder, employed on Fred Barringer's ranch north of Ashland, had been missing for several weeks. One of several search parties eventually...

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