Devil's Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story by Tom Rea

By Tom Rea

Devil’s Gate—the identify conjures tough passage and portends a uncertain consequence. during this eloquent and beautiful narrative, Tom Rea lines the heritage of the Sweetwater River valley in important Wyoming—a distant position together with Devil’s Gate, Independence Rock, and different websites alongside a stretch of the Oregon Trail—to exhibit how possession of a spot can translate into possessing its story.

likely in the course of nowhere, Devil’s Gate is the heart of a panorama that threatens to scale down any population to insignificance with the exception of something: possession of the land and the tales they decide to inform approximately it. The static serenity of the as soon as seriously traveled quarter mask a background of conflict.

Tom sunlight, an early rancher, performed a job right here within the lynching of the one lady ever hanged in Wyoming. The lynching used to be brushed aside as quick frontier justice within the wake of farm animals robbery, yet Rea reveals extra complex factors that contain land and water rights. The solar identify was once associated with the land for generations. within the Nineties, the Mormon Church bought a part of the sunlight ranch to memorialize Martin’s Cove because the website of handcart pioneers who iced up to demise within the valley in 1856.

The treeless, arid kingdom round Devil’s Gate turns out too giant for possession. yet tales run with the land. those that personal the land can personal the tales, at the least for a time.

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