Ten Sleep

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Native Americans measured the length of journeys in the number of “sleeps” (days) it took to arrive. The location of Ten Sleep was a ten-day (ten sleep) trip from both Fort Laramie and the Yellowstone region, the halfway marker for the journey from one to the other. An Army engineer who mapped the area, Col. Sackett, named the place Sackett Fork in 1867. The sheep industry brought growth in the 1890s and early 1900s, despite conflicts over grazing rights with cattlemen. This culminated in the Tensleep Raid of 1909, in which three sheepmen were killed. Today, Ten Sleep is a rustic, pastoral town and one of the few places in Wyoming where fruit trees can actually thrive.

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