'Conversations' Looks at Edward Gillette

Helen Laumann at Wednesday's "Conversations in History." (Photo by Pat Blair)

People who know about Edward Gillette, the surveyor for the railroad, may not know that he surveyed, and named, many of the lakes and other features in the Big Horn Mountains.

Helen Laumann presented some of those lesser-known facts about Gillette during her “Conversations in History” presentation Wednesday at Sheridan's Senior Center.

She told her audience that Dome Lake, though inside the Bighorn National Forest, remains privately owned. She also shared information about the railroad, including the lack of a railroad in Buffalo.

Gillette came to Sheridan in 1890, two years ahead of the railroad, and decided to make his home here. Laumann said he married a daughter of Henry Coffeen, and the family lived in a house that's still standing on Coffeen Avenue.