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Which Western State was WY:
The Beginning Years: It is believed that there is thousands of years of history of occupation in Wyoming. Among these groups were Clovis, Folsom, and Eden Valley (big game hunters of the Early period). Following these, and remaining until about 500 A.D., were many groups with a hunting and gathering economy, followed by the predecessors of the historic Indians. The area was preoccupied thereafter by the French, and when the area became owned by the United States, Wyoming was carved from sections of the Dakota, Utah, and Idaho territories, and the Wyoming Territory came into existence by the act of Congress on July 25, 1868. Wyoming is the first state whereby women were the first in the nation to vote, serve on juries and hold public office. In 1869, Wyoming’s territorial legislature became the first in the world to grant women’s suffrage, by enacting women’s the right to vote in Wyoming. The railroads came through in the latter part of the 19th century.

More History: The state of Wyoming experienced some changes throughout the 20th century. Though disease epidemics were common throughout America and the West in earlier times, the worst epidemic in terms of loss of human life came to Wyoming early in the 20th century, in the fall of 1918. From October of that year through January 1919, 780 people died statewide, victims of the flu epidemic. The Glenrock train wreck is the worst train wreck in Wyoming history, with 30 fatalities. It happened on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad between Glenrock and Casper on September 27, 1923. 

Climate of Wyoming: Wyoming climate consists of continental type, and is characterized by areas of arid desert, semiarid steppe (short-grass prairie), and alpine climates. Autumn in Wyoming is delightful, with many locations seeing snow in mid-September, but real winter doesn’t set in until late November. During October and November Wyoming experiences a warm Indian Summer, with cool nights and beautifully changing colors. Early freezes in the fall are pretty common. The average annual temperature in Wyoming is about 49 °F with a temperature of  as low as  -66° F observed February 9, 1933, and as high as 116°F on July 12, 1900 at Bitter Creek in Sweetwater County.

The Great Location of Wyoming: Wyoming despite it’s bittersweet climates, is a spectacularly breathtaking and panoramic landscape–which is picturesque and a sight to see. Wyoming is surrounded by six states: Montana to the north, Idaho to the west, Utah to the southwest, Colorado to the South, and both Nebraska and South Dakota to the east.


Wyoming’s Statehood Facts:

  • Date: 7/10/1890
  • Capital: Cheyenne
  • Population: 580,000 (2022)
  • Size: 97,914 square miles
  • Nickname: The Equality State
  • State Motto: Equal Rights
  • Tree: Cottonwood
  • Flower: Wyoming Indian Paintbrush
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark

The History:

Wyoming Officially Adopted as a U.S. State, State Song, Admission Date & Wyoming Flag
State Name Info
State Song
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44th State. Wyoming Territory
“Song of Wyoming” by John Denver
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Some Great Wyoming Sites:  Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Wyoming:

  • Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton National Park
  • Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody
  • Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Fort Smith
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne
  • Fossil Butte National Monument, Kemmerer
  • Teton Village, Teton Village
  • University of Wyoming Geological Museum, Laramie
  • Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Alta
  • National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie
  • Wyoming Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis
  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Manila
  • Bridger-Teton National Forest
  • Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum, Rawlins
  • Phelps Lakem Grand Teton National Park
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Festival, Cheyenne
  • Mystic Falls, Teton County
  • National Elk Refuge, Jackson
  • Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Jackson
  • Star Plunge Water Park, Thermopolis
  • Old Trail Town, Cody
  • Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody
  • Bighorn Medicine Wheel, Lovell
  • Historic Occidental Hotel Museum, Buffalo
  • Thunder Basin National Grassland, Douglas
  • Gannett Peak, near continental divide in the Rocky Mountains

Memorable Wyoming Events:  Here is a list of some events that happened in Wyoming:

  • 1562 to 1890 – Territorial Evolution of present day Wyoming
  • 1803 – Louisiana Purchase Treaty
  • 1807 – John Colter, first known white man in Wyoming, entered Togwotee Pass near Jackson Hole. Edward Rose is first American settler in Wyoming in the Big Horn Basin
  • 1834 – Fort Laramie was established as a supply depot on the Oregon Trail fur trade route
  • 1867-1869 -The Transcontinental Union Pacific Railway was built through southern Wyoming. The towns of Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Green River, and Evanston sprang up along its route.
  • 1869 – Wyoming Territory granted women the right to vote. (When Wyoming was admitted to the Union in 1890, it was on condition of women suffrage. Wyoming was the first state that allowed women to vote.)
  • 1918 – Uranium discovered in Wyoming, near Lusk.
  • 1979 – Cheyenne hit by tornado
  • 1988 – More than one million acres burned during Yellowstone Park Fires


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