Union Cattle Company, Wyoming Territory Bond (110910)

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Union Cattle Company, Wyoming Territory Bond  (110910)
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Number 209. 1886. Fabulous shiny gold seal with branding iron vignette in middle. Nice vignette of a steer at the top. Signed by Thos. Sturgis as president and FK Sturgis as treasurer. Eighteen coupons attached at the right. Condition is near mint (outside of folds). Signed by famous Wyoming cattle entrepreneur Thomas Sturgis as president. He was secretary of the Laramie County Stock Association three years after it was organized and served for eleven years; he was one of the most influential men in this area's cattle business. In 1883 Sturgis submitted a proposal for the disposition of mavericks. He assumed that any man ran his own head of cattle, other than the big land owners, had no possibility of ownership and must be a cattle rustler. This train of thought lead directly to the Wyoming Range Wars.

The Johnson County War, also known as the War on Powder River and the Wyoming Range War, was a range conflict that took place in Johnson County, Wyoming from 1889 to 1893. The conflict began when cattle companies started ruthlessly persecuting alleged rustlers in the area, many of whom were innocent settlers that competed with them for land, livestock and water rights. As tensions swelled between the large established ranchers and the smaller settlers in the state, violence finally culminated in Powder River Country, when the ranchers hired armed gunmen to invade the county. The gunmen's initial incursion in the territory aroused the small farmers and ranchers, as well as the state lawmen, and they formed a posse of 200 men that led to a grueling stand-off. The siege ended when the United States Cavalry on the orders of President Benjamin Harrison relieved the two forces, although further fighting persisted in the following months.

Provenance: Ken Prag Collection
Country (if not USA):
State: Wyoming
City/County: Cheyenne
Date: 1886