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Wyoming State Facts

County

Founded

County
Seat

Square
Miles

Named For

Albany

1868

Laramie

4,274

named Albany by a former Albany, New York resident, who was a member of the Dakota Legislature

Big Horn

1896

Basin

3,137

the Big Horn or Rocky Mountain sheep which were numerous in that part of the country

Campbell

1911

Gillette

4,797

Robert Campbell who was with Ashley's expedition in this part of the country from 1825 to 1835. It was also named in honor of John Campbell, Territorial Governor

Carbon

1868

Rawlins

7,897

the vast coal beds which existed within its boundaries

Converse

1888

Douglas

4,255

A. R. Converse, a Wyoming banker and stockman

Crook

1875

Sundance

2,859

General George Crook, an Indian fighter and soldier

Fremont

1884

Lander

9,183

General John C. Fremont, pathfinder and explorer west of the Missouri river

Goshen

1911

Torrington

2,226

the biblical "Land of Goshen".

Hot Springs

1911

Thermopolis

2,004

the hot springs at Thermopolis

Johnson

1875

Buffalo

4,166

formerly Pease County
Was named Johnson in honor of E. P. Johnson an attorney of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Name changed by 1879 legislature

Laramie

1867

Cheyenne

2,686

Jacques La Ramie, a French-Canadian trapper who was killed by the Indians near what was later known as Fort Laramie

Lincoln

1911

Kemmerer

4,069

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the US

Natrona

1888

Casper

5,340

soda ash or natron of the region gave Natrona County its name

Niobrara

1911

Lusk

2,626

The Niobrara river. In the Omaha language, the name means "flat" or "broad"

Park

1909

Cody

6,943

Yellowstone Park

Platte

1911

Wheatland

2,085

the North Platte river

Sheridan

1888

Sheridan

2,523

General Phil Sheridan

Sublette

1921

Pinedale

4,882

William L. Sublette, a pioneer fur trader

Sweetwater

1867

Green River

10,426

the Sweetwater river

Teton

1921

Jackson

4,008

from the words "Trois Tetons" meaning three pinacles

Uinta

1869

Evanston

2,082

the Uintah Indians and was first spelled with the "h".

Washakie

1911

Worland

2,240

Chief Washakie of the Shoshoni tribe

Weston

1890

Newcastle

2,398

John B. Weston, who played an important part in bringing the railroad into that area

Source: NACO


State Facts and Trivia
Source: "50states.com"

Wyoming's license plates feature a man on a bucking bronco. The horse on the plate has a name, "Old Steamboat". It is named after a bronc that could not be ridden.

Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States.

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

The first coal mine in Wyoming was in Carbon in 1867

Wyoming leads the country in coal production in 1994 with 3 million tons per week

The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright.

The JCPenney stores were started in Kemmerer.

Yellowstone is the first official National Park (1872)

Devils Tower was designated as the first National Monument (1906)


The city of Gillette has the largest High School in the state (Campbell County High School)

Cody Wyoming is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

The Red Desert in south central Wyoming drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage.

The Wind River actually changes its name in the middle of the stream becoming the Big Horn River at a site at the north end of the Wind River Canyon, where each year the Native Americans hold a ceremony depicting the "Wedding of the Waters."

The first Dude Ranch in Wyoming was the Eaton Ranch, near Wolf. The Eatons also came up with the term "dude"

The majority of Yellowstone Park lies within the boundaries of Wyoming.



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