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Week 2 History Question was: "When was the first reported sighting of a moose in Pinedale?"
Winner was: Sandy Kawa, Pinedale, Correct Answer: May 25, 1916

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Week 2 Question:
"When was the first reported sighting of a moose in Pinedale?"
n: Prize: 3 Schwan's Pizzas!

Winner: Sandy Kawa, Pinedale. Guess: May 25, 1916.

Answer: A lone cow moose was seen on Tuesday, May 23, 1916, as reported in the Thursday, May 25, 1916 edition of the Pinedale Roundup newspaper.

Answer: A lone cow moose was seen on Tuesday, May 23, 1916, as reported in the Thursday, May 25, 1916 edition of the Pinedale Roundup newspaper.

Just One Lone Moose
"Pinedale citizens were somewhat surprised Tuesday at lunch hour to see a fine young cow moose come trotting down the road east of town very much unconcerned and leap over the fence into the J. F. Patterson field and make her way across the pasture toward Pine creek. J. C. Reynolds who happened to be coming into town in his Buick at the time was able to get a very good view of the animal which appeared to be about a two year old and at one time was within 40 feet of her. Many about town secured their first view of a moose."

Historical research indicates that moose were relatively recent newcomers to the Upper Green River Valley, coming down from the north within the last 150 years. They are solitary animals and population numbers were not large in the early years of the settlement of the Wyoming territory. Hunting pressure, which was impacting all of the big game animal species by the late 1800s, reduced the number of moose even more. In the late 1800s and early 1900s big game wildlife population herd numbers had become so seriously diminished across the country that states began to pass laws to regulate hunting seasons. Wyoming didn't officially become a state until 1890, but even before then lawmakers and biologists realized the need to manage hunting of big game wildlife herds. People began to call for fishing regulations as well in the early 1900s. It took years and sometimes decades to get the big game herd numbers back to the point where some species were commonly seen. Moose were still somewhat of a rarity in the Upper Green River Valley into the 1930s and 40s. Pronghorn antelope were nearly entirely unseen from the Upper Green River Valley for a 50 year period between early 1900 to the 1950s. The fact that we see moose and other big game wildlife commonly in Pinedale and around the Upper Green River Valley today, without realizing they haven't always been "everywhere forever", is a testament to the sound wildlife management practices of wildlife officials who do their best to set sustainable hunting harvest levels and do ongoing research to balance wildlife population levels with available habitat.

Week 2 Clues
1. Moose are native in nearly all Northern forest zones including Northern Europe, Northern America, the Baltic region and Siberia as well as in the colder regions of Asia. They are typically found in forested areas with cool, moist conditions with nutrient-rich aquatic vegetation such as lakes or ponds, streams or swamps.

2. Moose were described as an animal species that inhabited the mountainous regions of the western United States by George Shiras III during his explorations from 1908-1910 in Yellowstone National Park.

3. It is believed that moose entered Wyoming from Montana and Idaho within the past 150 years.

4. In Wyoming, the Office of Fish Commissioner was established in 1879 with a State Game Warden as the agency manager. Jurisdiction was extended to game in 1895. Wildlife managers at the federal and state levels began programs to manage and research wildlife populations across the country.

5. Moose did not become established in Jackson Hole until the early 1900s.

6. Moose population numbers declined following early settlement of Wyoming. In 1903, the Wyoming State Legislature closed moose hunting seasons and they remained closed from 1903-1911. Moose hunting seasons were reopened in 1912.

7. The 1908 Annual Report of the State Game Warden indicated moose were distributed along the Teton Mountains, the upper Yellowstone River and at the head of the Green River.

8. It was estimated there were 500 moose inhabiting Wyoming in 1912, principally in the northwest region.

9. Moose began to occupy portions of the Wind River Range during the 1930s, and became quite numerous by the 1960s. Afterward, the population began to decline despite strong state game management programs. Some reasons for the decline include predation by wolves and cougars, drought conditions impacting available forage and over winter survivability, low pregnancy rates, calf death rates, diseases and death due to severe tick and parasite infestations, road kill fatalities.

10. In Utah, the moose population gradually established itself on the North Slope of Utah’s Uinta Mountains during the first half of the 1900s from founders in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Formal management of the species commenced with an aerial survey conducted in 1957, and the first legal hunt in 1958. From this small initial population moose have expanded into other areas of northern Utah and, augmented by transplants, the statewide population increased to an estimated 3,200 animals as of 2009.

11. Moose were first introduced in the Bighorn Mountains in 1948. Moose moved into the Medicine Bow Mountains from Colorado in the 1980s.

12. Today, moose occupy habitats in western, north central, and southeastern Wyoming. Statewide, managers recognize 14 distinct herd units.

13. Today, the Sublette moose herd is the largest in the western United States with about 5,000 animals spanning an area from Hoback Junction to LaBarge to Pinedale to Afton.

14. In 2014, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit recently expanded a moose project in the Northern Wyoming Range between Jackson and Pinedale. Researchers collared 65 moose and fitted the animals with GPS radio collars during the past three years to learn about their use of habitat, migration patterns and survival. An additional 28 cows were fitted with collars between Cottonwood Creek and the upper Hoback River.

15. The town of Pinedale was founded in 1904 and incorporated in 1912 (correction).

16. As part of the original forming of the town, founder J. F. Patterson asked his nephew C. Watt Brandon to establish a newspaper in the new town. The first issue of The Pinedale Roundup rolled off the press on September 8, 1904. The weekly paper ran consistently for more than 100 years, with the exception of a couple month’s break in 1918 due to the Spanish flu epidemic and a postponement for August 1910.

17. Digital copies of many early editions of Wyoming newspapers prior to 1924 are available to read online at the Wyoming Newspapers project website,

18. An index to the Pinedale Roundup newspaper was compiled over a 20-year period by Judi Myers for the years 1904-1969 & 1980-1999. This index uses keyword phrases for the highlights she found in each edition of the papers in those years. Ann Noble compiled an index for the years 1970-1979. Jane Warinner typed the original manuscripts in four separate volumes. The written Pinedale Roundup Index book is still available today and can be purchased at Office Outlet in Pinedale. Later, the printed volumes were scanned in order to create a searchable index for online use. This searchable Index to The Pinedale Roundup, 1904-1999, can be found here:

19. The Sublette County Historical Society hired historian Ann Noble to write a book about Pinedale for the town’s 100 year centennial. The book is, “Pinedale, Wyoming: a Centennial History, 1904 – 2004”. It is available at the Pinedale Library as well as for sale at the Cowboy Shop, Office Outlet, and Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale. It has a wealth of facts and historical information about the first 100 years of Pinedale.

20. The first settlers near Pinedale were Charles A. Petersen and his family who moved to Pine Creek Flat south of the current town site on September 7, 1895. They took possession of a cabin that is believed to have been built and abandoned by an early trapper in the 1880s. Later Robert Graham and his family moved into a cabin on 160 acres adjoining the Petersen family to the north.

21. John F. Patterson, known as the Founder of Pinedale, proposed establishing a town along Pine Creek three miles south of Fremont Lake. He offered to build and stock a general store if local ranchers Charles A. Peterson and Robert O. Graham would each donate five acres for the town site. Each man received 1/3 interest in the town. They drew up a plat on September 26, 1904 which shows the blocks, lots and streets. The central east/west road, called Pine Street, was the boundary line between the Peterson and Graham ranches. It was crossed by Franklin Street, which was named for Mr. Patterson’s oldest son, and was the main street. The west boundary was Lake Street, likely named for the street leading to Fremont Lake. The east boundary was Maybel Avenue (later spelled Maybell), named for John Patterson’s wife. The south boundary was Mill Street, named for the location of the town mill. The north boundary is Magnolia Street, but little is known about the origin of that street name.

22. The original main street of Pinedale was Franklin Avenue which runs north/south and followed the original trail and road that came through the area along Pine Creek. Later as the town grew, the main street switched to Pine Street which runs east/west.

More info on Moose:

Moose, Wikipedia

Jackson Moose, Wyoming Game & Fish


Game and fish expand moose study in Wyoming Range,

Collected reprints by Clinton Hart Merriam (1897) Google Books
Report of the Chief of the Biological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture
October 23, 1909 (From Annual Reports of the Department of Agriculture)


Moose facts,

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WEEK 1 History Question:S
"How many Wyoming livestock brands were registered by Sublette County residents as of 2015?"
Winner: Tara Holmes, Daniel, WY Guess: 760
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WEEK 2 History Question:S
"When was the first reported sighting of a moose in Pinedale?"
Winner: Sandy Kawa, Pinedale, WY Guess: May 25, 1916.
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Answer: A lone cow moose was seen on Tuesday, May 23, 1916, as reported in the Thursday, May 25, 1916 edition of the Pinedale Roundup newspaper.

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"What was the name of the first sternwheeler passenger boat on the Green River with service to Big Piney?"
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Winner: Bonnie Whitley, Boulder
Guess: "Sunbeam"
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"Where is 'Lake Beautiful' in Sublette County?"

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Winner: Kenna Tanner, Pinedale
Answer: New Fork Lake
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WEEK 5 History Question & Clues:
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Week 6 Questions:
1. "What is the oldest geographic feature place name in Sublette County still in use today?" Answer: Green River
2. "What was the first constructed road in the Upper Green River Valley?"
Answer: Lander Trail/Cut-Off Road

Winner: Lisa Williams, Cora, Wyoming

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