On April 2, 1909, masked gunmen representing local cattle interests surrounded and fired a sheep outfit en route to Worland, Wyoming, with over 5,000 head. The “Spring Creek Raid,” marked the last of the cattle vs. sheep wars in North America. (Photo interpretation by M. Huff)
TEN SLEEP, WY - In observance of the centennial of Wyoming's Spring Creek Raid, observances will be held Thursday April 2, 2009 with presentations and displays by local historians and the Ten Sleep Museum, and a discussion hosted by the Ten Sleep Mercantile, a focal point of events leading up to and after the “Raid”.
On the evening of April 2, 1909, a group of armed men, upon the provocation of Bay State Ranch owner George Saban, intercepted the Joe Emgee sheep outfit on the Upper Nowood. During the events that followed, the night riders laid fiery siege to the camp, killing Emgee, herder Jules Lazier, and in a case of mistaken identity, shot popular area rancher Joe Allemand. The resulting trial gained national attention, and ended in several local convictions, including that of George Saban (who later escaped during a prisoner transfer, his ultimate fate becoming a mystery).
The Ten Sleep Museum has plans to reenact the trial of the participants, from the original court transcripts, in October, in accordance to the original timeline.
For more information on the Spring Creek Raid Centennial, or to volunteer as reenactors, please contact the Ten Sleep Museum, (307) 366-2759.