1891 - Coming of the CB & Q Railroad. Post office moved to depot.
1892 - The Burlington Railroad pushed its way across the plains. Moorcroft became important to accommodate the growing population and commerce of cattle and wool shipments. Some of the businesses of the time included: Sweeney & Berry (general store and ranch supply), McCormick & Deering Farm & Harvest Machinery, The Kackley Restaurant (also sold groceries and fresh meats), Kirby Blacksmith, Somers Surveyor, Moorcroft Hotel, F.C. Hazelton Livery. Shortly thereafter: Robinson Mercantile, Charlie Berry - Surveyor, Michael's Barber and Billiard Parlor (Which served as a dance hall, theatre and public gathering spot), Noonan Hotel, John F. Dailey Saloon, Hunter Saloon, Perrigo Saloon, J.A. Whitcher Livery, and George Briggs Lumber. Noted citizens were Dr. P.F. Metz, A.A. Fox Carpentry (Civil War Veteran), Dr. N.H. Baker (drug store) and Elizabeth Newcomer, MD.
1894 - 32 Trail herds moved through Moorcroft. The herd was 4,000 head strong, and stretched out 2 miles long and .5 miles wide.
1895 - First school located in section house of CB & Q railroad.
1901 - School moved to its own building
1906 - Moorcroft incorporated. Frank Haselton became the first mayor. Moorcroft Bank established - Lou Robinson as President.
1909 - First 2 story school built. The Presbyterian Church was built with $1,000 donated and the land donated by Lincoln Land Co. - Rev. C.T. Campbell was minister. Moorcroft Times newspaper - C.F. Shelling was the publisher.
1910 - Dr. C.K. Stewart and family buy homestead and set up medical practice.
1912 - The Moorcroft Baseball Team has their best year with a near perfect record.
1914 - Moorcroft Democrat newspaper purchased by Chas H. McKee. Chas Louis - Mayor & council discuss town waterworks. Dr. J.C. Foust became the Optometrist and served with Dr. ET Gaul MD
1915 - WCTU organized. Leo Noonan appointed as U.S. Commissioner (public land laws) succeeds W.K. Somers. Millinery Store opened by a Mrs. Percy. Cyrus Russell became the new Postmaster, succeeding Mrs. IM Green. Saloons closed for 6 months due to Rev. Hillis of Gillette. A man named E.W. Whitcomb was killed by lightning.
1916 - Crook County Mercantile Co. Dissolved, Carl & Robert Garman and Mrs. Miller took over the store. F.C. Haston Livery sells out to Albert Grandbouche. The Cabin Creek Telephone Co. was granted alley use for 99 years. Wyoming National Guard asked for recruits to serve on the Mexican border. W. Flanders was hung for murder.
1917 - W.W. Jeffers opened a new lumber yard. All male residents were forced to register for military service and 101 complied. Lincoln Land donates land for new Catholic Church. Peoples Bank opens - A.C. Grandbouche as President. 1080 railroad cars of cows shipped.
1918-1919 - Northern WY Telephone Co. moves to C.S. Smith building. A.J. Macy became the new Postmaster.
1920 - Jesse J. James, son of Franks James was arrested in Madren's Barber Shop. Lee McGee opened a motion picture theater. Construction begins on McWhorter Moorcroft oil Refinery. First graduating class with 12 years of schooling.
1921 - State Highway to complete surveying for road between Upton and Moorcroft. Moorcroft Democrat becomes Moorcroft Leader with Stewart & Guthery as publishers. Runaway team stopped by mail car.
1922 - Gold discovered in Moorcroft vicinity at 96' sown. Claims staked out over 2,000 acres. Stewart and Guthery open real estate office. Moorcroft Frontier Days were introduced. Moorcroft ladies win city election.
1923 - Moorcroft light plant considered. Over 10,000 head of cattle and 6 cars of horses shipped during August and September with 274 cars requisitioned for October. Peoples Bank closes. Fire destroys grain elevator.
1924-1927 - Petersen Bakery opens. War on rabbits to be held at Hans Kummerfeld Ranch. US post Office moves to Peoples Bank building. 469 porkers shipped. Mt. States telephone completed service. Light plants being installed in several homes.
1928-1931 - John Berger gets new stallion for breeding saddle horses for government cavalry horses for Fort Robinson, NE. McGuire, Cubbinson, Wilson and Nelson to compete in fistic carnival. Airplane service comes to town via Rapid Airlines. Pete Petersen builds modern grain elevator. Harris L/S starts feed yard. Dr. G.W. Earle starts practice. American State Bank sustains some damage in attempted robbery. Brownfield gets death for killing sheepherder. Dr. Earle to locate here. W.H. Edleman buys pharmacy. ER Pines opens Pines Food Store. Business street is resurfaced.
1932-1934 - Sonnek arrested for stealing corn. Volunteer fire company organized. Peterson Cafe opens. Gillette beats Moorcroft in first WY 6-man football game.
1935-1939 - Commercial Hotel converted to a hospital with Mrs. Petersen in charge and Dr. Pawling as resident physician. After several robberies, city night watchman to be hired. Mrs. Rains unhurt when plane crashes. Avon theatre opens. Vaughn-Ragsdale Co. to open branch in Moorcroft. Bentonite Plant construction started. Fox's Cafe, Conoco Station and Rangeland Cafe opens. Robinson Merc. Rocced. Ant Hill opening announced. Hoppers Bar gets new facelift. 1502 head of cattle here. Moorcroft population reaches 400. Keyhole Ranch is sold.
1940-1949 - Vesser buys barbershop. C. Minnick sold stage line to E. Kipp. F. Blakeman has city drayline. Cotton's Bar installs cocktail parlor. Roy Shoemake buys pharmacy. J. Reid Barneu sells store. Al Sylvester buys Sage Hotel. Hunters get 361 rabbits for Red Cross fund. Surveyors begin works on dam(Keyhole). War declared on Japan. Empire ranch sold to Lush man. Japan Surrenders. VFW Post organized. TCEA buys Moorcroft Light & Power. Barton buys Nefsy ranch. Hall brothers lease barbershop and parlor. Moorcroft Library officially opens. 3 day blizzard worst in 50 years.
1950-1956 - Mrs. Merle Nefsy donates hospital site. Work on Keyhole Dam progressing rapidly. Burglars lift garments from Hughes Dry goods Store & Liquor, and small change from Hoppers Bar. Jones Electric to open new store. Moorcroft Stampede all set. Taylor Service Station, Clark's Dime Store and Bear Cafe opens. Hoppers Bar burglarized again, crook got away with $1,200, a gun and Hopper's overshoes. Oil was struck in the Moorcroft area.
1957-1959 - Moorcroft group organizes Lions Club. The Moorcroft public schools will include kindergarten in its program with the opening of the 1957-58 school year. Moorcroft Post Office will be moved to its new location on the evening of August 31. The Moorcroft City Council in meeting Monday night voted to make a request for a highway patrolman to be located here. It was felt that due to increase in traffic, especially trucks, in this area, made it necessary to have a state highway patrolman located here. The valuation of the Town of Moorcroft is set at $435,301 for the year of 1959. Last year its valuation was $437,394.
1960-1963 - The population of Moorcroft is now 819. Ten years ago, the population was 517. The present population shows an increase of 302, which is about 58.2% increase in the last ten years. Beginning Sunday, December 18, the people of Moorcroft will use the new 7-number telephone dialing plan. Work started last week on a new building for a "Dairy King" drive-in. The Grand opening of the Kraus Bowling Lanes in Moorcroft will be observed Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2. ZIP code, the Post Office Department's revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, goes into effect nationally on July 1. The Moorcroft Lions Club undertook the job of getting name plates for the streets and avenues and installing them by placing steel posts at the corners ad bolting the metal nameplates thereon. In grand opening, the Avon Theatre, Moorcroft, will give a "free show" Saturday, September 21, all afternoon and evening.
1964-1967 - Mountain States Telephone has announced that beginning September 20, 1964, telephone users in Moorcroft, Gillette, Newcastle, Hulett, Upton and Osage will be able to dial their own "station-to-station" long distance calls within the state and across the nation through the miracle of direct-distance dialing. Wyoming Highway Department officials announced the opening today of 30.7 miles of Interstate 90 between Sundance and Moorcroft in Crook County. House numbering in Moorcroft, a project taken by the local Girl Scouts, will get underway January 16. The new bar, licensed under the name of Roy K. Kimsey, in Moorcroft, opened for business Sunday, in the Rhode building on the corner of Main Street and Highway 14-16, on the west side of the street. Wyoming Gas Service has filed three applications with commission requesting authority to construct and operate three natural gas distribution systems- in Moorcroft, Upton and Newcastle. The grand opening of the VFW Club here will be held Saturday, May 14. A new care wash station, K-H Car Wash, in the west part of Moorcroft, opened for business this week.
1968-1974 - Swimming pool fund included in grants approved to be used to construct a swimming pool with complete facilities, along with a wading pool and bathhouse, overhead lighting and a parking area. A grand opening will be held at the new store of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Williams, Wild Horse Charley's, on Saturday, March 23. The Moorcroft Swimming Pool is now open for the season. A United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, will their grand opening of Moorcroft Speedway July 4th. A three-digit emergency phone number system will be installed in Moorcroft this year. Expected to be completed in the next two weeks is the Riverside Park and Camping Area, 1.5 miles west of Moorcroft . The cost of this project, contracted by Lower and Cool of Casper, is $336,00.
1975-1979 - For the first time in 43 years, Moorcroft will have a bank! Organizers of the new Moorcroft State Bank announced that the bank will open Thursday, May 15th. The need for another policeman, particularly after 2 a.m. was the main topic of discussion at the special Council meeting held Monday night. Dr. R.E. Ratts and Dr. D.E. Jolly, Newcastle dentists, announced that they are opening a dental clinic in Moorcroft. The Burlington Northern Depot of Moorcroft is disappearing as crew dismantles the building, and salvages as much as possible from it.
1980-1983 - The first annex in the history of Moorcroft was accepted at the final reading during Monday night's Council meeting. The Texas Trail, consisting of 29.88 acres, more or less was petitioned by Alden C. and Effie B. Robinson for annexation. The paving project contracted by Boatright-Smith in the Town of Moorcroft got into full swing Tuesday as the first asphalt was laid on portions of Weston, Belle Fourche and Little Horn. Approximately 50 local residents attended a town meeting on March 19 to discuss the options concerning the Madison Water Project with the Mayor and Council. All but two of the residents present encouraged the Council to make the agreement with Gillette and get the Madison water by buying into the system.
1984-1987 - Mayor Warren Mitchell completed the ribbon cutting to set off the open house for the new municipal building where about 60 people attended the dedication ceremonies on December 1st. Boy Scouts of America have a new troop in Moorcroft. The completion of the remodeling of the Drive-In has been obvious and many customers find the new conveniences very acceptable. The new name is Donna's Diner and the facility will seat 40 customers comfortable plus provide drive-up window service. A new 2,200 square feet building is under construction by Harwood Lumber at the Texas Trails Subdivision east of Moorcroft. The Coffee Cup Fuel Stop will be opening soon with self-service gas and diesel, snacks, etc. The Voyager, the airplane that circled the world last year without refueling, past by Moorcroft on I-90 Friday afternoon on its journey to air show in Oshkosh, WI.
1988-1994 - The Standard/Amoco Station in Moorcroft has closed its doors. Judy DeWitt and Debbie Hogan are proud to announce the opening of their new clothing store "J.D.'s Emporium." The new "Welcome to Moorcroft" signs on each end of town were provided by the Moorcroft Lions and Lioness. The Etbauer came out on top, overall of the world, at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV in 1990. Robert Etbauer, World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, was entered into the Pro Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame on January 8th, 1991 at Colorado Springs, CO. After two years and eight months of work, the outdoor computer message center for the Moorcroft School is a reality.
1995-1998 - Mayor Fred Welch cuts the ribbon at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies held February 22nd at Looks by LaVerne, which is a hair styling salon located five miles northwest of Moorcroft. A newly designed welcome sign for the Town of Moorcroft was placed on a specific rock-faced base north of Moorcroft along Highway 14. The Iron Den, owned and operated by Jerry and Stacey Avery, is a health and fitness club unique in the world of "get fit" centers, opened in June 1995. BTI chooses Moorcroft for location of business. Joe's Food Center in Moorcroft will become Diehl's Supermarket on Sunday, June 29th. Harr/Kissack Investments will open a new Subway franchise in Moorcroft in April.
1999-2003 - FOX Radio announced the arrival of Crook County's first traffic light. FCCLA members Tina Lein, Kasey Gerber and Melissa Wagner saw a need for a Food Pantry in Moorcroft. The pantry is located in the Senior Citizen Center. A Moorcroft company announced it has developed and patented a revolutionary goose-neck trailer hitch, the "Kissack Coupler." According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Moorcroft's population has increased 5% from 767 individuals counted in 1990 to 807 in 2001. Diehl's Supermarket in Moorcroft will soon have a large paved lot to the south of the grocery store and two gas pumps which will accommodate four vehicles at one time. Mayor Barb Jeffres and Director of Public Works Ron Feehan cut the ribbon Tuesday, October 28, for the new landfill scales and building.
2004-2005 - The Town of Moorcroft has opened a web page. The webpage domain is http://www.moorcroftwy.gov. The Moorcroft Rest Area reopened last Thursday following five and a half months of renovations. Moorcroft Economic Development Committee erected the new "Welcome to Moorcroft" sign on the west side of Moorcroft near the I-90 interchange. The Town of Moorcroft completed a year long Homeland Security Grant project on March 16th with the installation of a new Whelen voice and siren warning system. The Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony during the grand opening of Early Thiry's store, "The Wild Side." Telephone customers of Range Telephone Cooperative and RT Communications, Inc. will be able to make calls within and between Crook and Weston counties without having to pay long distance charges for each call beginning November 1st. A new metal sculpture depicting the Texas Trail was recently installed by the "Welcome to Moorcroft" sign on the west side of town. Billy Etbauer, five time saddle bronc champion, will appear on the David Letterman show on December 2.
2006-2007 - Moorcroft will celebrate it's 100th birthday on October 2, 2006. Dry Creek Tack opens in old Yellow Rose building. The Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, February 15th, to welcome Jerry's Body Shop to Moorcroft. The Moorcroft Leader will publish a special Centennial/All-School Reunion edition the first week in July to coincide with Jubilee, the All-School Reunion and the 100th Anniversary of the Town of Moorcroft's incorporation. The Moorcroft Historical Society Foundation purchases the downtown Pinnacle Bank building. Hopper's Bar, a Moorcroft landmark, is now under the new ownership of Ron and Linda Caylor, who purchased it from John, Phyllis and Dee Queen on January 1st. A grand opening was held at Pinnacle Bank's new location at 602 East Converse in Moorcroft on Tuesday, January 16. Mayor Rosalie Brimmer has announced the start of a new Community Pride program for the Town of Moorcroft. Bill Dewey was crowned the first ever Mr. Moorcroft druing a contest held on Friday, June 29, at the high school auditorium. The Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the town's newest business "sunset Westen" on Monday, November 5th.
2008 - A piece of Moorcroft history was reduced to a pile of rubble this week when crews demolished the building that served as a gas station for a number of decades and, in recent years, housed fire fighting units and equipment for the volunteer fire department. The lot is being cleared to make way for the new fire hall. "Poppies" opened its doors on Saturday, May 10th, at 308 S. Belle Fourche. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Moorcroft Clinic was held Monday evening, August 11th. Moorcroft Chamber of Commerce held ribbon cutting for Buckmiller Custom Turnkey Homes on Friday, September 12th. Richard Castello honored as Moorcroft's first Citizen of the Year. New playground equipment installed at Robinson Park in September. The equipment was donated by Crook County Cares.