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Meeteetse, WY

Quick Facts
  • Elevation 5797
  • Population 351
  • Meeteetse officially became a community in 1896, although a post office was located on Otto Franc's nearby Pitchfork Ranch as early as 1881.
  • Meeteetse is a Shoshone word meaning "meeting place."
  • A colony of Black Footed ferrets, previously thought to be extinct, was discovered near Meeteetse in 1981 when a rancher discovered a dog with a dead ferret.
  • When an outbreak of canine distemper threatened the ferret colony in 1987, the ferrets were captured and placed in a captive breeding program near Laramie. Lucille's Cafe in Meeteetse sold T-shirts picturing a defiant ferret, clenched fist raised in the air, over the slogan of "Live Free or Die."
  • Amelia Earhart was building a cabin near Meeteetse when she disappeared on her famous last flight.
Meeteetse, WY photo
Meeteetse, WY photo