Stories from everyday people about things that don't happen everyday.
Vietnam in our Family Album
23:57In 1968, my Dad, Owen Petersen, left the Bridger Valley of Wyoming for Vietnam where he served as a platoon leader in the 3rd Marine Division. After he came home, he put the photos he took into an album that collected dust with our other photos. In this interview we ask him about those pictures and what it was like to be boots on the ground in the war.Veteran Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988The varied sounds of bullets passing by:Marine in AfghanistanThe Basinger
When your town becomes a ghost town and you refuse to leave
13:06Jim Moretti was born in a tiny town in Southwest Wyoming in the late forties, but as his hometown became a ghost town, he stayed in the only hotel until the mid 1980s.The icon for this episode is a picture of the actual Carter Hotel in the story.
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When the pilot has a stroke and you have to land the plane yourself
11:58In 1969 James Barret was in the passenger seat of a plane headed to Riverton, Wyoming when the pilot suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and couldn't fly the plane. This is James' story about what he did to survive.Links to other plane crash stories:Crash of Flight 409 near Laramie, WYBomber MountainCheck out The Wyoming State Archives Oral History Collection here.
Crash of Flight 409 near Laramie, Wyoming
33:25At 7:28 AM United Airlines Flight 409 crashed in the rugged Snowy Range of southern Wyoming on October 6th 1955. It was the worst civilian air disaster to that date in America killing all 66 people on board. Volunteer mountain climbers were called in from The University of Wyoming in Laramie to help recover the remains. Why exactly the plane crashed still remains debated and we explore some of the stories of the recovery teams and victims on this episode.Please check out our other plane crash episode called Bomber Mountain.Visit The American Heritage Center's Digital Collection about the crash.Read Mel Duncan's digitized report.See video of the crash site in 1955 here.-List of the Victims the Crash of Flight 409-Mrs Clifford B AckermanThomas AckermanRobert AinsleyCapt Charles R AnstadtMrs Dorthea BeckDwight H BensonHerbert L BrawnerMrs Grace BrownDale BrownWilliam H BurginDr James A BushAirman 3/C Thomas CampbellMrs Helen CollinsHenry S DeanDr Lawrence J DevineEndlehartMrs Inez C EvansKeith F FinlayCharles GesasGerald HadleyMrs Edna F HanksRichard D HawkinsMrs Marian KirkJ Lawrence MalnarMyron ManwillJE McGarrMrs JE McGarrJohn B MerrillMrs John B MerrillLawrence MonkDale Elton NelsonRB NurreParkerAJ PlouffMrs C PoulakidasEugene ReynoldsMrs Aceodene SchowMrs Betty SeareMrs Rhea SmuthwaiteDr W Alan StewartEdward P TaylorMrs Darrel TuckerDeborah TuckerMrs Georgie WestEarl West JrStaff Sgt Lewis WoodDeloy A MontanoJohn P RiceJoseph D WinsettAlfredo G MitotesCharles L MissnerRonald E AlbrightRoger E BechtoldRaymond EnglehartRichard D CookDaniel R AlexanderArnold H BoggsWilliam R EttlemanRussell L KuglerRichard LawheadPaul C NoetzelmannWilbert N WitleyHerbert Willaims
Deaths at Fremont Canyon Bridge
19:36The story of a murder at Fremont Canyon Bridge in Wyoming and one man's journey to visit the scene of the crime and tell the story of what happened and how it impacted Casper and Wyoming.NOTE: This story contains accounts of suicide and sexual assault. Buy your copy of Ron Franscell's book about the murder: The Darkest Night.Ron's website: www.ronfranscell.comImportant links: Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673Parents of Murdered Children: www.pomc.org
Epiphany on I-80
11:47In 2020 a light descended by Interstate 80 in southwest Wyoming. Olen House talks about what he saw and how people have related to the photos he took of it. To get your own copy of Olen's book email him at: [email protected] learn more about sundogs visit this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog
The Lighthouses of The Rockies
21:01What is it like living in a fire watch tower in the remote parts of the mountains? We talked with Samsara Duffey about her adventures living in watch towers for 26 seasons. Photo courtesy of Samsara Duffey.Learn how to use the fire finder at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8A2KZ4WDsc