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Wyoming Stories

. . . and tales of the old West

This website is dedicated to stories about the old West. Much of it relates to the Sherwin and Huntington families who were early pioneers in the Bighorn Basin and Cody, Wyoming areas from the late 1800s on.

I am the son of Wylie Grant Sherwin whose complete journal you will find here and from which several of the stories are taken.


             Russell F. Sherwin, 2010


Copyright Russ and Donna Sherwin, 2010

Old Sykes Cabin

Old Frank Sykes: What a character! My dad knew him well and they were good friends despite the age difference. Frank was sixty-something and Dad was a teenager.

But there were some unanswered questions:

· Where was the secret cave he claimed he was going to die in? (He didn’t)

· Why did Frank never talk about his wife and two children?

· And why were there three unmarked graves just across the Wyoming/Montana line from his cabin?

Frank Sykes Cabin, built around 1890, as it looked in 2008.
Photo by Russ Sherwin


Cessna 260


Imagine this: You are on a business flight in a Cessna 206, a four-place, single engine plane. It’s just you and your pilot, George, on board.

Suddenly, George slumps over and becomes unresponsive.

You’ve never piloted a plane in your life.

You realize George is dead.

Now what?


             Read this gripping true story by Wyoming Judge James E. Barrett.

A Cessna 206

If you have interesting stories, yarns, anecdotes or facts about Wyoming or the old West and you wish to share them here on this site, please contact us.

Contact: Russ Sherwin
Prescott, Arizona


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This site is produced and maintained strictly for fun. We do not sell anything, we do not accept ads, or collect any information. Although we regard most of these stories and journals as true accounts (unless specifically stated as fiction), most of the material is anecdotal in nature and should not be considered historically accurate.

From Wylie Sherwin’s Journal

From an Interview of Judge Barrett by Mark Junge, Wyoming State Historian

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