Kassel, Michael (2019, color, OWM)

As of the writing of this article, Wyoming is under attack by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of Tuesday, April 21, 322 confirmed cases have been reported in the state, and 76 are here in Laramie County.

Although the change to our daily lives is profound and the situation is frightening, it isn’t unprecedented. Cheyenne has been through this before, and the people then were just as concerned about how to deal with the epidemic as we are today.

Michael Kassel is associate director and curator at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and an adjunct instructor of history at Laramie County Community College. Email: mike.kassel@oldwestmuseum.org.

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