Princess America II: Jesse Jim Visits Cheyenne

On September 16, 1926, Native American beauty queen Jessie Jim stopped in Cheyenne on her way from meeting President Coolidge in Washington, DC, back to her home in Washington State. Princess Jessie Jim had won the title of Princess America II earlier that year at the Spokane Indian Congress. The beauty pageant was open only to full-blood Native Americans. Many young women entered the contest, but Princess Jessie Jim was chosen as the most beautiful of them all. According to the newspapers, Princess Jessie Jim was the daughter of Okanogan Chief Long Jim.

As Princess America II, Jim toured the country on her way to the annual pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Whether she was there to compete or simply to appear in not known. She stopped at several towns along the route for official appearances, but apparently did not speak at many. Her traveling companion and chaperon was Miss Avis Lobdell, a representative from the Union Pacific Railroad.

(WSA Meyers Neg 11671, Princess Jesse Jim and dignitaries on the UPRR's Pacific Limited train at the Cheyenne Depot)

Princess Jesse Jim and dignitaries on the UPRR’s Pacific Limited train at the Cheyenne Depot
(WSA Meyers Neg 11671, photo by Joe Shimitz )

On her return trip, she was met in Cheyenne at the Union Pacific Depot by a stagecoach and several local representatives, including Judge Fred L. Blume, acting for Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross, and Sam M. Thompson, acting for Cheyenne mayor John Riner.

(WSA Meyers Neg 11601, Fred Blume, Princess Jesse Jim and Sam Thompson at lunch, photo by Joe Shimitz)

Fred Blume, Princess Jesse Jim and Sam Thompson at lunch
(WSA Meyers Neg 11601, photo by Joe Shimitz)

After lunch with the Kiwanis club at the Plains Hotel, Princess Jim was shown the town from the stagecoach before she boarded the train for Salt Lake City.

(WSA Meyers Neg 11673, Sam Thompson, Fred Blume, Princess Jesse Jim, Avis Lobdell and a representative from the Kiwanis Club, photo by Joe Shimitz

Sam Thompson, Fred Blume, Princess Jesse Jim, Avis Lobdell and a representative from the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club
(WSA Meyers Neg 11673, photo by Joe Shimitz)

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