When we lived in Laramie, I used to visit the highest peak in the Snowy Range, an easy half hour drive cross the flat land and up the mountain just past the town of Centennial. After Labor Day, there weren’t many people at Medicine Bow Peak, and the roads were clear. Twenty-plus years ago there weren’t as many hiking trails as there are now, but I found my way, usually to a clearing where I would sit and try to sketch a wild flower or try to capture the beauty of Lake Marie in oil pastels.
Some of those sketches were included when Laramie’s Folk Studio hosted my first solo art exhibit in 1990, but have been lost in the intervening years.
Named for Mary G. Bellamy, a Forest Service sign offers some background: Lake Marie was named for Mrs. Mary (Marie) Bellamy (1861 to 1955) by her husband, Charles Bellamy who was a government surveyor. After Marie was elected to the Wyoming Legislature, she led the successful suffrage drive that resulted in the passage of the 19th amendment to the United State Constitution.
Mary G. Bellamy was born on December 13, 1861. After moving to Laramie in 1873 she became one of the three members of the first graduating class of Larmie High School. Starting her teaching career in 1878 in Tybo, Nevada, she returned to Laramie in 1882. Mary married Charles Bellamy in 1886. After successfully being elected to the office of Albany County Superintendent of Schools in 1902, she became the first woman to be elected to the Wyoming Legislature in 1910.