Byron was founded when a group of people first settled at its current location back in the 1900. The city itself is named after Byron Sessions who led the first group of settlers. Byron was an influential capitalist and the lead manager of the Sidon Canal construction. His governing paved the way into the later industrialization of the region and further development of the settlement, which was named basically in his honour.
Originally the Big Horn region was populated by the Mormon communities. These communities established early settlements and began the agricultural development of the region. Big Horn started growing as the number of settlements increased and many new cities appeared, including Byron. After the beginning of 20th century, citizens began discovering small oil springs all around the Big Horn.
The massive expansion of the region began after the oil springs and coal mines were discovered by the industrial giants of the United States. Much like during the development of the West in the US, mass migration into the Big Horn began. Thousands of people worked as laborers on the oil and coal mining plants, owned by Standard Oil or Carnegie Steel. These were the main resources discovered and managed in Byron. Later, after the coal and oil bonanza slowed down a bit, the Big Horn was subdivided into three Counties – Fremont, Johnson and Sheridan. Until the development of agriculture in the 20th century, oil and gas were the main sources of revenue for the region, including Byron.
The river which has nourished the town for centuries and continues to provide irrigation water up to this day is called “The Shoshone River”, or “The Stinking River”, which was renamed so in the 19th century maps. The river is famous for its fumarole region, which is known as “Colter’s Hell”, currently the most powerful geyzer that belongs to the Yellowstone National Park.
The Town Today
Today Byron is a rather small town, in comparison to some of the US towns. According to the 2010 data, which was collected by the US Decennial Census, the population of the town is only 593 people. Yet the town is considerably diverse in terms of culture. Local citizens are of different nationalities, including:
The historical background of Byron is similar to thousands of other cities in the US. At first the establishment of mostly agricultural settlements began. Then they were rapidly industrialized by the American industrial giants. Despite the coal and oil fever back then, the town did not manage into a large and famous industrial hub. Nevertheless, Byron is a place worth visiting. It has very picturesque nature surrounding it and a rather friendly community that holds exciting events for both citizens and visitors of Byron.