US Nursing: Wyoming

Nurses in America will read that the historic Indians in Wyoming were nomadic tribes known as the Plains Indians. They included the Arapaho, Arikara, Bannock, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kiowa, Nez Perce, Sheep Eater, Sioux, Shoshone and Ute tribes. Amongst these of these, the Cheyenne and Sioux were the last of the Indians to be placed on reservations.

Nurses will read that that the rives in states to the West meant that many early travelers came through through Wyoming. Pony soldiers came to protect the wagon trains from hostile Indians, and the soldiers established forts along the trails.

Wyoming workersA US nurses will find that he most important of these posts was Ft. Laramie in southeastern Wyoming. It became a haven for gold seekers and weary emigrants as well as being an important station for the Pony Express and the stagecoaches. Importantly it was a vital military post in the wars with the Plains Indians. Ft. Laramie witnessed the growth of the open range cattle industry, the coming of homesteaders and the building of towns which marked the final closing of the wild, western frontier in 1890.

Nurses will become aware that huge herds of buffalo once roamed the rolling hills of Wyoming. Indeed they gave rise to one of the state’s best known citizens, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Today in the town he founded, Cody, near Yellowstone National Park, is an enormous museum dedicated to Buffalo Bill.

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