The History of Witchcraft in Wyoming
Stories of witches and warlocks have been a part of local lore for nearly a century here in the Cowboy State. Here’s a list of a few of Wyoming’s witchiest tales.
The Casper Mountain Witches – As far back as the 1930s, witnesses have reported a witch haunting the area near Crimson Dawn road on Casper Mountain. Over the years, the legend has grown to include a museum and an annual festival which draws hundreds of spectators every year on the summer solstice to reenact pagan rites.
The Witches’ Circle in Sheridan – Another local legend that dates back to the 1930s involves a mysterious row of columns at the Bellevue Cemetary in Sheridan known as “Witches’ Circle”. Although the old cemetery was closed for nearly 50 years, from the late 1930s to the 1980s, it has been a popular destination for brave visitors, curiosity seekers and generations of high school students in the area.
The Witches of Green River – For decades, residents near Green River, Wyoming, have reported fires burning in the desert outside of town. Typically, they occur in the fall around Halloween. Although authorities have yet to discover any of these mysterious blazes, many locals still believe they were set by a secret coven of witches.
The Water Witch of Wyoming – Ronnie Nunn was a well-respected businessman in the Casper area, best known for buying an old airfield that later became the town of Bar Nunn, Wyoming.
Nunn was also known as the “water witch” for his uncanny ability to locate water wells. According to local lore, Ronnie would often wave a copper rod or willow twig when surveying land which he used to determine the size of underground water streams.