ⓘ Wright, Wyoming


ⓘ Wright, Wyoming

Ten thousand years ago, the first people came to the high plains to hunt buffalo and antelope. In more recent times, the Sioux and Crow claimed this area as their hunting grounds. In the 1880s, ranchers came to graze long horn cattle and sheep on the open range. They were followed by homesteaders lured by the promise of free land.

The official settlement of the area began in the early 1900s, a boom in the 1970-ies, with the creation of the Black Thunder coal mine, the largest mine in the powder river basin and most productive mine in the United States.

The Wright family homesteaded the area in the 1911 creation of the community of Wright. Shortly after moving to the area, R. A. Wright opened the first post office provides postal services in the area farmers. The community became known as the Wright, Wyoming.

In 1976, during the economic boom lead to Amax coal, Black Thunder coal mine was developed near the town. As with all energy towns, needed housing, schools and essential services. And as in other coal mining regions, the Atlantic Richfield coal company stepped up and made the newly-organized community development housing and the company store.

The town of Wright was founded in 1985, making it one of Wyomings new settlements with a rich history. By 1990, Wright was an established community with a population of 1.236 people.

August 12, 2005, at F2 rating of the tornado hit the mobile home Park Wright, destroying 91 homes, damaging others, and killing two people. Around the same time, residents proposed a split from Campbell County.