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All About Wyoming: The Equality State

by | Jun 21, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wyoming is nicknamed the Equality State. (Read the “What really happened” section to learn why). It’s surrounded by Montana on the north, South Dakota and Nebraska on the east, Idaho on the west, and Colorado and Utah to the south.

Although Wyoming is the 10th largest state in the US, it has the smallest population of any state in the country. In June 2022, it reported 581,813 people, to be exact. Compare that with another state called California. More people live in California (almost 40 million!) than any other state in this country.

What really happened…

  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote. Some historians believe that lawmakers passed that bill to draw new settlers to the state. That’s part of the reason why the state was nicknamed the “Equality State”.
  • It was also the first state to have a female governor. Nellie Tayloe Ross, who was the wife of Governor William Bradford Ross, finished her husband’s term from 1925 to 1927 after he died. She served as the 14th governor of the state, and to this day, served as the only female governor in Wyoming’s history.
  • It first became a territory in 1868 and was formed from portions of the Dakota, Utah and Idaho territories. In 1890, Congress declared Wyoming the 44th state.
  • Wyoming is one of the few states that has plenty of fossils. In the mid-1800s, the state became a popular place for hunters who were looking for dinosaur bones. There were so many that a cabin was constructed in the late 19th century using bone fragments. That cabin remains standing to this day.
  • During the 1880s, Cheyenne, Wyoming was the wealthiest city in the country (and possibly the world) due to its successful cattle industry and the Gold Rush.

Stuff you should know…

  • There are 32 named islands within the borders of Wyoming state. Most are found in Yellowstone Lake, Jackson Hole and Green River. Some of those islands are uninhabited like Stevenson Island in Yellowstone Lake.
  • The high-altitude and geography of Wyoming make it an excellent place for wind power. It has the largest industrial wind production facility in the country called the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Energy project. 

Crazy, funny, or just plain weird…

  • The Shoshone Indians who lived in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Idaho believed that “little people” who were between 20 inches and 3 feet tall, attacked them with miniature bows and poisonous arrows. Could this be true? A 14 inch mummy was discovered in the San Pedro Mountains in 1932 by two gold prospectors. When dynamite was used to blast the mountainside, a cave was discovered with a 6 ½ foot mummy. Anthropologists determined that the mummy was a 65-year-old adult. What do you believe?
  • In 1994, the Green River City Council reserved a small airfield or dirt landing strip for aliens from Jupiter. At the time, council members thought anyone living on the planet could be in danger because Jupiter was being hit by comets or meteors. If the ETs ever needed to escape and leave their planet or home, this airfield would be a safe place for them to land. Its name is: The Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport.

Tell me more…

  • Wyoming draws millions of tourists each year to its seven national parks. This includes Yellowstone, which features the Old Faithful geyser and the largest hot spring in the U.S.; and Devils Tower, a rock formation sacred to the Plains Tribes, which was declared the first national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.
  • In 1939, portions of northern Wyoming attempted to join portions of South Dakota and Montana in an attempt to form a new state called “Absaroka.” Sheridan, Wyoming was the planned capital, a state license plate was created, and a “Miss Absaroka” was even named!

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