Wyoming entered the Union as the 44th state on Jiily 10, 1890, but the state legislature did not appropriate funds to build a Governor's Mansion until eleven years later. The leg- islature authorized ,000 to build the Mansion and selected Charles W.
Murdock of Omaha, Nebraska, as the architect and James R. Construc- tion began in the spring, 1904, and was completed that fall.
This photo gave me the idea to begin a collection of photographs showing family life in the Mansion.
When I contacted members of former first families for photos, they not only responded by donating excellent photographs, they also related many stories surrounding the photos themselves.
The pony was quartered in the carriage house and tended by the resident horse groom, Charlie Anderson.
Melissa Brooks Spurlock recalled that she and Lena chose the northeast bedroom so that they could be close to the car- riage house to hear their pet pony .^ The Brooks family was the largest and youngest ever to occupy the Mansion.
The children brought their pet pony from the V-V Ranch with them.
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ANNALS OF WYOMING articles are abstracted in Historical Abstracts. © Copyright 1989 by the Wyoming State Press WYOMING'S HISTORIC GOVERNORS' MANSION by Timothy White Construction of the Governors' Mansion began during the spring of 1904 and was completed the folloioing fall.