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Newspaper The Rowdy West (Ft. Fetterman, Wyo.) 1886-1887

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About The Rowdy West (Ft. Fetterman, Wyo.) 1886-1887

The Rowdy West began publishing in Fort Fetterman, Wyoming in May or June 1886, a few weeks before the fort became the incorporated town of Douglas in August, and four years before Wyoming became a state. A single copy of the Rowdy West could be acquired for 5 cents, subscriptions began at 50 cents for three months, $1.00 for six months, and $2.00 for a year. Editions were published weekly on Wednesdays, before switching to Sundays in either July or August.

Colonel E. H. Kimball, the first editor and publisher of the Rowdy West, had served in the Civil War and was a teacher in Maine before moving to western Iowa to homestead. He and son W.S. Kimball, business manager and later editor and publisher, along with five others came to Fort Fetterman from western Iowa, where the Kimballs had been the proprietors of another newspaper, the Audubon Times. The group relocated to Wyoming for the sole purpose of establishing a new newspaper, setting up an editorial office next to the nearest available post office, and using their office in Iowa to do the composition and press work. Shortly after the move, the Kimballs agreed that their future was in the west and returned to Iowa to close the business and move their printing material to Wyoming. Misfortune struck when an illness circulated the family and Wyoming office, and the team had to put off setting up their machinery. The paper always gave significant page space to the construction and activities of the Union Pacific company, a major job draw that many Wyoming towns were built around during the 1800s. Alongside the railroad, the paper paid particular interest to the oil fields and natural resources in the region. The editors were also outspoken in their politics, and frequently called out other newspapers both local and statewide by name for their articles. Upon announcing an end to its publication, on August 3, 1887, fellow Douglas publication Bill Barlow's Budget printed, "The Rowdy West is Dead!" followed by a long mock obituary.

After his time at the Rowdy West, W.S. Kimball started to publish another newspaper, the Glenrock Graphic in Glenrock, Wyoming. He continued in the newspaper business for many years after the end of the Rowdy West. E. H. Kimball left the newspaper business to practice law and pursue ranching in central Wyoming.

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About this Newspaper


  • The Rowdy West (Ft. Fetterman, Wyo.) 1886-1887

Dates of Publication

  • 1886-1887

Created / Published

  • Ft. Fetterman, Wyo. : [s.n.]


  • -  Fort Fetterman (Wyo.)--Newspapers
  • -  Douglas (Wyo.)--Newspapers
  • -  Converse County (Wyo.)--Newspapers
  • -  Albany County (Wyo.)--Newspapers
  • -  United States--Wyoming--Converse--Douglas


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Ceased in 1887. Cf. Homsher, L. Guide to Wyoming newspapers, 1867-1967.
  • -  Published in Douglas, Wyo., -.
  • -  Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 2, 1886).


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Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn92067171

OCLC Number

  • 26536158

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The Rowdy West Ft. Fetterman, Wyo. -1887. (Douglas, WY), Jan. 1 1886.

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(1886, January 1) The Rowdy West Ft. Fetterman, Wyo. -1887. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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The Rowdy West Ft. Fetterman, Wyo. -1887. (Douglas, WY) 1 Jan. 1886. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,