Wyoming is one of the largest states in the U.S. but it seems that not many people know much about this state. So in order for people to know more about the state, I have listed some interesting facts about Wyoming.
The origin of the name “Wyoming” is the Native American word “mecheweamiing” which aptly means “at the big plains”. Wyoming is also called Big Wyoming, The Equality State, and The Cowboy State which are all very appropriate for the state.
Big Wyoming is the 9th largest state with a total area of 253,347 sq km (97,818 sq mi). This state is huge and has 5 national forests, 2 national parks, and 16 state parks. So, you can just imagine the size for it to contain all of those. Among these parks and forests are the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming is also famous for the Old Faithful Geyser located in the Yellowstone National Park. And Yellowstone is the first National Park established in 1872 and the Devils Tower became the first National Monument in 1906.
Wyoming is not only a land full of parks and forests, they also have a lot of sheep. In fact, they have more sheep than humans. There are over 810,000 sheep in Wyoming, while there are only about 475,000 people living in Wyoming. And Wyoming ranks 2nd in wool production and 50th in population.
The Equality State is an apt name for the State of Wyoming due to its support for gender equality. Wyoming is the first state to give women the right to suffrage. It is the first state to allow women to vote and hold public office. Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected as the governor for the state of Wyoming in 1925 making her the first female governor of the United States. The state’s motto as well is “Equal Rights”.
And a brief look at history, in 1803, Wyoming was acquired by the United States from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1807, John Colter, the first white man to have entered the region, explored the Yellowstone and brought back news regarding the many geysers and hot springs. In July 10, 1890, Wyoming officially became the 44th state that entered the union. And in the bombing of the Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming became the home to people of Japanese descent living in the Pacific coast.
Here are some more fun facts about Wyoming:
• The JCPenney stores started in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
• Kemmerer is known as the Fossil Fish Capital of the World with over 100,000 fish fossils.
• The license plates in Wyoming feature a man riding a bucking bronco named, Old Steamboat, after a bronco that couldn’t be ridden.
• The first Dude Ranch is the Eaton Ranch. They were the ones who came up with the term “dude”.
• Cody, Wyoming is named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
• People who fail to close a fence in Wyoming are subject to a fine up to $ 750.
If you fancy the old west or would just like some great adventure, Wyoming is indeed the perfect place.