State of Wyoming: Facts about Wyoming
CODY, WYOMING
 
   
 
COUNTRY: United States

CAPITAL: Cheyenne

CENSUS: Visit the Census Bureau Site

DATE OF STATEHOOD: July 10, 1890

STATE FLAG: A white bison "branded" with the state seal on a blue field bordered in white and red. The red border represents the Native Americans of the original territory and the blood shed by pioneers and Native Americans. Blue is the color of the sky and the distant mountains. Adopted on January 31, 1917, this flag was the original "vision" of a young girl named Verna from Buffalo. The design came to her in a dream and she entered a watercolor painting of her flag to be considered for a flag design entry and won. The only change made to Verna's design was the direction the buffalo was facing (facing away from the flagpole) The bison now faces toward the flagpole, into the wind, because bison are tough and when caught in a blizzard, they face into the wind. (shown left)

STATE BIRD: Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

STATE ANIMAL: Bison

STATE FLOWER: Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariaefolia) (shown left)

STATE TREE: Plains Cottonwood

STATE GRASS: Western Wheatgrass

STATE REPTILE: Horned Lizard

STATE FISH: Cutthroat Trout

STATE FOSSIL: Fossile Herring

STATE DINOSAUR: Triceratops

STATE GEMSTONE: Jade

 

MEANING OF STATE NAME: Based on an Algonquin or Delaware Indian word meaning Mecheweamiing, which meant "at the big plains" or "on the great plain".Before Wyoming became the official state name, other names were suggested, including Cheyenne, Shoshoni, Arapaho, Sioux, Platte, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Sweetwater and Lincoln. But "Wyoming" was favored as it was already popularly used.

NICKNAME: Big Wyoming, Equality State, Cowboy State

MOTTO: "Equal Rights"

TRADEMARK: Bucking Horse and Rider (BH&R) is the federal and state registered trademark of the State of Wyoming (shown left)

STATE SEAL: The state seal branded on the bison. The woman represents the state motto "Equal Rights" and the two men represent cattle ranchers and miners. The words "Livestock", "Mines", "Grains" and "Oil" represent Wyoming's wealth. The eagle and shield show support for the United States. The dates 1869 and 1890 tell when Wyoming organized as a territory of the United States and when it became a state. (shown left)

NATIONAL PARK: Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the world's first national park. Yellowstone is located in Northwestern Wyoming near Cody.

NATIONAL MONUMENT: Devil's Tower National Monument was designated by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Devil's Tower is the nation's first national monument. Located in Northeastern Wyoming near Hulett.

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING: Visit the Wyoming State Legislature Site

WYOMING STATE LEGISLATURE: Click Here

GOVENOR'S OFFICE: Visit the Govenor's Site

WYOMING: Visit the WY State Site

HIGHEST POINT: Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet

LOWEST POINT: 3,100 feet Belle Fourche River

AVERAGE ANNUAL PRECIPITATION: 14.5 inches

1992 POPULATION: 466,185

2000 POPULATION: 493,782
2001 POPULATION: 494,423

RANK FOR POPULATION: 50

LAND AREA: 97,100 square miles, 9th largest state

MAPS : Wyoming Maps

NEIGHBORING STATES: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, & Idaho

INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS: I-90, I-80, I-25

RANK IN SIZE IN UNION: 9

ECONOMY: Mining, oil, natural gas, tourism, recreation, wool

  BRIEF HISTORY: The least-populated state in America, Wyoming was populated by Santee and Dakota Indians, among others, before white settlers arrived. Frenchmen were the first to come in 1743, and American John Colter explored Yellowstone Park in 1807. Wyoming became part of America in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Forts Laramie and Bridger in Wyoming were main stops on pioneer trails heading West. Indian wars grew as settlers and railroads crept onto Indian lands. In 1869, Wyoming became the first state to give women the right to vote. With Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and miles of uninhabited land, Wyoming is a favorite destination of sportsmen and tourists seeking some "Western flavor" on a dude ranch or by a quiet mountain stream.
 

STATE SONG:

Wyoming
Written by C.E. Winter
Composed by G.E. Knapp

I

In the far and mighty West,
Where the crimson sun seeks rest,
There's a growing splendid State that lies above,
On the breast of this great land;
Where the massive Rockies stand,
There's Wyoming young and strong, the State I love!

Chorus

Wyoming, Wyoming! Land of the sunlight clear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Land that we hold so dear!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Precious art thou and thine!
Wyoming, Wyoming! Beloved State of mine!

II

In the flowers wild and sweet,
Colors rare and perfumes meet;
There's the columbine so pure, the daisy too,
Wild the rose and red it springs,
White the button and its rings,
Thou art loyal for they're red and white and blue.

III

Where thy peaks with crowned head.
Rising till the sky they wed,
Sit like snow queens ruling wood and stream and plain;
'Neath thy granite bases deep,
'Neath thy bosom's broadened sweep,
Lie the riches that have gained and brought thee fame.

IV

Other treasures thou dost hold,
Men and women thou dost mould;
True and earnest are the lives that thou dost raise,
Strengthen thy children though dost teach,
Nature's truth thou givest to each,
Free and noble are thy workings and thy ways.

V

In the nation's banner free
There's one star that has for me
A radiance pure and splendor like the sun;
Mine it is, Wyoming's star,
Home it leads me near or far;
O Wyoming! All my hear and love you've won

For more Information, visit the STATE OF WYOMING website
 
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