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Benjamin Franklin ("B.F.") Bondurant, the first settler, gave his name to the post office, which was run from his ranch. He was naturally the postmaster. His spread became one of Wyoming’s first dude ranches in the early 1900s, and he and his wife, Sarah Ellen, were known for their wild pets, including elk, antelope, and bear cubs. The valley in which Bondurant is situated is rich in country beauty. The first Protestant sermon in the Rockies, delivered here by the Rev. Samuel Parker in 1835, was attended by the likes of Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, and Kit Carson. It was interrupted when a herd of bison passed through, and the listeners couldn’t resist chasing them.

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