As late as 1870, scarcely nine thousand people lived in the entire territory.
The coming of the railroad, which was supposed to solve that population problem, temporarily exacerbated it instead.
Khan’s childhood would have been marked by privation and conflict—if he had any childhood to speak of.
Family legend has it that he was just twelve when he left.
Because its economy is tied to the energy industry, it is subject to an endless cycle of boom and bust, and to a ballooning population during the good years.
The pattern of social problems that attend that kind of rapid population growth—increased crime, higher divorce rates, lower school attendance, more mental-health issues—has been known, since the nineteen-seventies, as Gillette Syndrome.time, the idea that anyone at all would move to the region was a novelty.Although Native Americans had lived there for millennia, Europeans didn’t visit until at least 1743, and they didn’t linger.The news came by telegram, the day after the murder.Harrison was the son of a member of Congress, the great-grandson of one President, the great-great-great-grandson of another President, and the great-great-great-great-grandson of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.When those protests darkened into threats, the local police got involved, as did the F. Wyoming is geographically huge—you could fit all of New England inside it, then throw in Hawaii and Maryland for good measure—but it is the least populous state in the Union; under six hundred thousand people live there, fewer than in Louisville, Kentucky.Its Muslim population is correspondingly tiny—perhaps seven or eight hundred people.A couple of hundred Muslims live in northeastern Wyoming, and last fall some of them pooled their money to buy a one-story house at the end of Gillette’s Country Club Road, just outside a development called Country Club Estates, in one of the nicer neighborhoods in town.They placed a sign at the end of the driveway, laid prayer rugs on top of the wall-to-wall carpeting, and began meeting there for Friday worship—making it, in function if not in form, the third mosque in the state.Contrary to the claims of Stop Islam in Gillette, however, the Muslims who established the mosque are not new to the region.Together with some twenty per cent of all Muslims in Wyoming, they trace their presence back more than a hundred years, to 1909, when a young man named Zarif Khan immigrated to the American frontier.