For northern Wyoming, coal has been the mainstay of our economy from its early beginnings in the late 1800's until today.
John Woodward, Director of the Sheridan County Museum was the featured speaker at this week's Wyoming Wednesday held at the Information Center.
He talked about everything coal, from what it is to old time miner's equipment and then giving a history lesson on the mining towns of Sheridan County. Woodward said coal was and still is the 'black diamonds' of our area.
Over 40 people were on hand to hear about coal including John Gable who hired on when the Decker Mine opened. A construction worker who traveled, coal helped him settle in Sheridan.
Wyoming Wednesdays are informative, interpretive events with an emphasis on the history, culture, and events of Sheridan and Wyoming. Welcome Center Specialist Nancy Herdt (hurt) said the programs are vital.
Wyoming still has an estimated 127 billion tons of recoverable coal.