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Though ranching’s contribution to Wyoming’s overall economy has declined in recent years (thanks to the booming mineral extraction industry, seconded by the state’s tourist industry), ranching continues to provide both a source of income and a way of living for many of the state’s inhabitants. Ten Sleep, where I live, is surrounded by ranchers of both types — sheep and cattle — groups historically at odds with one another, as evidenced by the Spring Creek Raid, an event commemorated by a roadside marker nearby.

For a more intimate view of ranching in Wyoming, check out Red Dirt in My Soul, a blog chronicling daily life on a nearby cattle ranch, along with this fascinating series of articles about Wyoming sheepherders.

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