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Historian Clay Gibbons Discusses “Banditti of the Plains”

February 7 @ 6:30 pm

“Shane,” “The Oxbow Incident,” and “The Virginian” are just a few of the books and movies that were influenced by Asa Shinn Mercer’s infamous book, “The Banditti of the Plains.”

Discover more about this incredible man who was a surveyor, a teacher, an immigration promotor, a collector of customs, a ship salvager, a manager of a shipping line, an editor and publisher of books and newspapers from Oregon to Texas and finally, Wyoming, when Clay Gibbons visits the Park County Library in Cody, on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in Grizzly Hall.

Clay has been passionate about history from a very early age. He was on the board of Old Trail Town in Cody for 25 years and served as its president for 16. Bob Edgar was a close friend and mentor. Clay has researched and fundraised to construct five Wyoming State Historical markers around the state. He has given many talks throughout the country for over 30 years.

He has currently been working on new information about “The Banditti of the Plains,” arguably one of Wyoming’s most famous and important books that named names and was explosive in its accusations of some of Wyoming’s most well-known cattlemen during the notorious Johnson County War. Clay has some very interesting information to share. Please join us for an evening sure to entertain.

The event is free and open to the public.


February 7
6:30 pm
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Cody Library

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