By on May 13, 2015

Triple Crown winner buried in Wyoming

Kentucky might be able to boast on their prolific racehorse breeding background – the blue grass state is practically synonymous with the industry – but Wyoming owns an asterisk distinction all its own.

A statue of Sir Barton – the chocolate-colored thoroughbred who was the first Triple Crown winner in 1919 – marks the final resting place of the illustrious champion at Washington Park in downtown Douglas, Wyoming.

“But why here, in a town of fewer than 7,000 people, without a racetrack, 1,349 miles from ‘Sir Barton Way’ at Hamburg Place in Lexington, Kentucky, the horse’s birthplace in 1916?” reads a wonderful story by Brendan Meyer for the Star Tribune.

Meyer tells the tale with the help of Gordon Turner, 80, who knows more about the horse than most of today’s hotshot trainers. When Sir Barton’s racing career ended the stallion eventually made his way to a remote ranch in the foothills of Laramie Mountain where he died in 1937. Turner had the bones of the great horse exhumed from the ranch and moved to the park to honor a racing legend.

Sir Barton stands in Washington Park in Douglas, WY. PHOTO: CITY OF DOUGLAS

Sir Barton stands in Washington Park in Douglas, WY. PHOTO: CITY OF DOUGLAS

Earthquake! Take Refuge

Some folks reported feeling a fairly good jolt from a slight earthquake epicentered in the Elk Refuge (just off to the right of the road in. Jim Stanford’s Facebook post elicited dozens of comments from East Jacksoners who felt varying degrees of shaking from “Stronger than others I’ve felt” to “Felt like a bomb went off…”

According to the USGS quake center website, the trembler struck at 9:37 p.m. Monday night. It registered a 1.8 in magnitude at a depth of about 4 miles. USGS classified the event as a Category III intensity meaning no damage and felt by only those close to the epicenter.

Bearly escaped in Yellowstone

Tourons in Yellowstone made national news when a group was chased by a family of black bears. In the short video, which made the rounds on Facebook and ended up on ABC’s Good Morning America, a passel of shutter bugs are seen fleeing from a sow and her three cubs.

The bears run the park visitors down a stretch of road toward their waiting cars while a park employee at the other end of the pavement attempts to distract the bruin family. Most of the tourists deserve some credit for not outright sprinting to their vehicles. Whether by intuition, education or sheer luck, they were mostly just fast walking or jogging slowly in retreat. No one was hurt or eaten.

Aspens water delicious

Step aside, Ten Sleep, the Aspens is the new king of the faucet.

The Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems awarded the Aspens Water and Sewer District with the state’s best-tasting water at its annual technical conference and trade show. Ten Sleep had won the past two years. Someone from the district will travel to Washington, D.C. next February for the national contest, called the Great American Water Taste Test.

Criminal water photography

Justin Pidot wrote a piece for Slate that claims Wyoming has passed an unconstitutional law that could make it illegal to photograph any body of water in, say, Yellowstone National Park. Pidot, who is an assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, wrote: “The state wants to conceal the fact that many of its streams are contaminated by E. coli bacteria…”

“The new law is of breathtaking scope. It makes it a crime to ‘collect resource data’ from any ‘open land.’ The statute defines the word collect as any method to ‘preserve information in any form,’ including taking a ‘photograph’ so long as the person gathering that information intends to submit it to a federal or state agency,” Pidot claims.

The act in question is Senate File 12 (Trespassing to collect data) passed last session.

Best brewery in Wyoming

The Casper Star Tribune is wrapping up an online poll looking for their readers’ take on the state’s best brewery. We were turned on to some regional beer makers that sure seem popular to middle staters. Black Tooth Brewery (Sheridan) led the pack with Luminous Brewing (Sheridan) not far behind. Cheyenne’s Clear Creek rounds out the medal winners so far.

Local brewers Snake River Brewing showed best for Jackson, followed by Melvin Brewing, Jackson Hole Brewing Company, and Roadhouse Brewing – in that order.

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