University of Wyoming History

Iron Foundry

The Iron Foundry

Even in its early days, the University of Wyoming offered a practical education. Here, Professor Gilkenson oversees students in the University’s iron foundry. Ironworkers were highly valued in a railroad town like Laramie. In time, the University of Wyoming also became known for its geological work and curriculum. Geology professor Wilbur Knight noted, “The hills surrounding us are … Continue reading The Iron Foundry

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University of Wyoming History

The Morrill Act of 1862 offered 30,000 acres of Federal Land per each representative of the state to establish a Public University. The purpose of the land-grant colleges was: “without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactic, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, … Continue reading University of Wyoming History

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University of Wyoming Geological Museum

Dr. Wilbur Knight is one of the primary reasons that the University of Wyoming’s Geological Museum has long enjoyed its top-notch reputation. Knight served as the assistant territorial geologist of Wyoming from 1886-1887 and was appointed state geologist in 1898. He joined University of Wyoming’s faculty in 1893, and became the curator of the Geological Museum … Continue reading University of Wyoming Geological Museum

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Aerial View of the University of Wyoming Campus

The aerial view of the University of Wyoming campus in this photograph shows how the city of Laramie was expanding to the east, bordering university property at 9th Street. The Green Hill Cemetery is at the top left of the picture. Corbett Field can be spotted at the top right, next to Half Acre gym. … Continue reading Aerial View of the University of Wyoming Campus

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Aven Nelson Leading Students to Centennial, WY

Aven Nelson was one of the original founding faculty members of the University of Wyoming. Nelson came to the university in 1887, the year it was founded. He served UW for 55 years before retiring in 1942. Nelson was the University of Wyoming’s first professor of botany, as well as the university’s 10th President. In … Continue reading Aven Nelson Leading Students to Centennial, WY

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