A 2-volume history of the town of Daniel, Wyoming, along with the surrounding ranching community. How the town got started and how it developed over one hundred years. Original material and photos from private collections never before seen by the public. Proceeds from book sales will go towards improvements at the 1920 Daniel Schoolhouse.
Daniel Lane, Town of Daniel, 1922
The First Hundred Years
Recently added: Expanded cemetery section & new section on Daniel area brands!
|February, 2001 Book Update
The book is here! The book committee is proud to announce that 780 pages, 811 photos, 30 maps, and 250 livestock brands have come together in the long awaited two-volume book, DANIEL, WYOMING-THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS, 1900-2000. This epic, numbered, first-edition publication-sure to become a collector's item, debuted at the Daniel Social on Saturday, February 10, at 6:30 pm, for $50 per book set. The books are available at the Daniel Trading Store and the Green River Bar in Daniel for $50 per set. (see pictures from the Social) Book signings are being arranged in Pinedale and Big Piney. At a later date, the remaining books will be offered to interested bookstores and other outlets. The price at that time will no doubt increase, so please plan to buy your books early. If you wish to order a book set by mail, make your check payable to the Daniel Community Center in the amount of $50 plus $7 shipping fees per set. Mail to: Book, Box 311, Daniel, WY 83115-0311.
Early History Scott Barber, Daniel's early storekeeper and postmaster, told a good story about Ira Dodge. It is said that while Ira ws Justice of the Peace at Daniel he had an old Montgomery Ward catalog with a leather cover on it that he used as a law book. When he fined anyone, he just opened the catalog and fined them whatever the price was of the first article he saw. One time he opened the book and fined a man $4.98. The fellow jumped up to protest. His partner pulled him back down again, saying, "Shut up, you fool, you are lucky he didn't open the catalog to pianos."
The Court Ledger, circa 1901 This is an original Justice Book, in which Justices of the Peace in Daniel summarized the court cases appearing before them. In the actual handwriting of early Daniel Justices of the Peace are the summaries of the problems when early residents ran afoul of the law and the thoughtful verdicts that were applied. Although many of the cases are negligible, there also appear in the ledger tantalizing glimpses of some of the long-remembered murders and other major crimes in the Daniel area. The original Ledger now resides at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale.
Daniel in the 1930s Approaching Daniel from either the north or south in the 1930s, one came to a sign beside the highway, "DANIEL, population 100." Today, 70 years later, approaching town you see signs, "DANIEL, population 110." Any town growing in population by only 10 residents in 70 years can't be all bad. Daniel continues to be a fine little western town, a great place to live and raise a family!
In the valleys and on the hills, it was easy to find something interesting to do. What? Well, what adult can remember what was so absorbing when they were children? We had swimming parties in the creeks. We watched the ties floating down Horse Creek and tried to snare a few to build a playhouse. Even in those depression days, families could spare a can of vegetables. A favorite pasttime was for each of us to take a can of vegetables and head for the Horse Creek hill where we made a sagebrush fire, dumped all the canned vegetables into a pot, and feasted on our "mulligan." In winter we went skating on the rivers and creeks. We went skiing on the Horse Creek hill-wallowing up through the snow (no ski lifts in those days) to get a brief slide down. We hooked our sleds and toboggans behind cars leaving Daniel, rode a ways, and then walked back. We had parties.
Before There Was a Daniel
The Town Begins
Pioneers and Landmark Buildings
Makin' a Livin'
Merna Families and Ranches
Bronx Families and Ranches
Burns and Daniel Families and Ranches
For more information, please contact:
Daniel Community Center
The DCC is a non-profit organization.
Photo Credits: "Daniel Lane" courtesy of the Museum of the Mountain Man John F. Walter (WYDOT) Collection."Early Mail-1905" from the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. "Freight Wagon 1917-1918" from Hayden Houston collection. "Mickey Adams & Friends" from the Paul Allen collection. "Lester Pape with Wool Ready to Ship" from Barbara Pape. "Living Room at the Lester Pape Home" from Barbara Pape. All photos copyright, 2000. All rights reserved. May not be used without permission.