Douglas (Wyo.) Police court records 1887-1910
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The small town of Douglas is situated on the Platte River in east central Wyoming, nestled in a mixture of grassy plains and forests of douglas fir. The region was settled by ranchers and adventurers in the mid-19th century, including a large number of Irish immigrants and many others who had followed the railroad west to Washington. The state was admitted into the Union in 1890, at a time when men still outnumbered women by more than three to one. Under such rough hewn frontier conditions, prostitution and drunkenness flourished, and the infamous violence that characterized western frontier culture was never far away.