Meeteetse officially became a community in 1896, although a post
office was located on Otto Franc's nearby Pitchfork Ranch as early as
Meeteetse is a Shoshone word meaning "meeting place."
A colony of Black Footed ferrets, previously thought to be extinct,
was discovered near Meeteetse in 1981 when a rancher discovered a dog
with a dead ferret.
When an outbreak of canine distemper threatened the ferret colony
in 1987, the ferrets were captured and placed in a captive breeding
program near Laramie. Lucille's Cafe in Meeteetse sold T-shirts
picturing a defiant ferret, clenched fist raised in the air, over the
slogan of "Live Free or Die."
Amelia Earhart was building a cabin near Meeteetse when she disappeared on her famous last flight.