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Wood v. Board of County Commissioners
Citation:759 .2d 1250 (1988).
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The Plaintiffs, Cecil and Edna Wood, owned a parcel of land in Fremont County, Wyoming. The Plaintiffs conveyed the land to Fremont County in 1948 via warranty deed for the construction of a county hospital. The deed was recorded in the in the county clerk’s office on December 14, 1948. The Defendants then constructed a hospital on the land and operated it until November 18, 1948. The Defendant then sold the land and the hospital to a private company. The private company also operated a hospital on the land until September 1984, when it moved to a new facility. The private company then put the premises up for sale. The Plaintiffs then brought suit claiming that their original conveyance created either a fee simple determinable or a fee simple subject to a condition subsequent, thus giving them title to the land.
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