Wyoming Facts

Wyoming Facts
The State of Wyoming is located in the western United States. It shares state borders with Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Colorado. Wyoming is the 10th largest U.S. state with 97,814 square miles. It is the 50th most populated U.S. state with approximately 582,658 residents and it is ranked as the 49th most densely populated state. Prior to European exploration and settlement, Wyoming's region was inhabited by various Native American tribes. Both the Spanish and the Mexican's laid claim to Wyoming's land but in 1848 the region was ceded to the United States. It became the Territory of Wyoming in 1865, and in 1890 Wyoming joined the Union and became the 44th U.S. state.
Interesting Wyoming Facts:
It is believed that the name Wyoming is derived from the word 'Maughwauwama' which is a Delaware Indian word that means 'large plains'.
Wyoming's state nickname is the 'Equality State'.
The state motto for Wyoming is 'Equal Rights'.
Wyoming's state song is 'Wyoming'.
Wyoming's state flag was officially adopted in 1917 and features white bison, the state seal and a blue background with red and white borders.
Wyoming's state capital and largest city are both Cheyenne.
Residents of Wyoming are referred to as Wyomingites.
Wyoming's state bird is the western meadowlark.
Wyoming's state mammal is the buffalo (bison) and the state fish is the cutthroat trout.
Wyoming's state reptile is the horned lizard and the state dinosaur is the triceratops.
Wyoming's state flower is the Indian paintbrush and the state tree is the Plains cottonwood.
Major rivers in Wyoming include the North Platte River, Powder River, Belle Fourche River, Green River, and Bighorn River.
Major lakes in Wyoming include Keyhole Reservoir, Alcova Reservoir, Seminoe Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Boysen Reservoir, Bighorn Lake, Glendo Reservoir and Yellowstone Lake.
Wyoming's major industry includes coal, natural gas, uranium, crude oil and coalbed methane, and tourism.
Wyoming's major agriculture includes cattle, hay, sugar beets, wheat, barley and wool.
The first U.S. state to grant women the right to vote was Wyoming.
The first national monument in the U.S. was Devil's Tower, Wyoming in 1906.
Yellowstone National Park was the first official U.S. national park, established in 1872. Most of Yellowstone is located in Wyoming's boundaries.
Black Thunder, near Wright, Wyoming, is the largest coal mine in the United States.
The Eaton Ranch, near Wolf, Wyoming was the first dude ranch in the Wyoming. The Eaton's were responsible for coining the term 'dude'.
Cody, Wyoming was named after the famous William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody.
Wyoming has 5 national forests, 2 national parks, and 16 state parks.
Famous Wyoming destinations include Old Faithful Geyser, Jackson Hole, Flaming Gorge, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
There are more geysers in Yellowstone National Park than in any other geyser field around the world.
The first female governor in the United States was Nellie Tayloe Ross, elected in Wyoming in 1925.
Kemmerer, Wyoming is the birthplace of the JC Penney chain.
There are more than 200 free-roaming wild horses in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

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