|| COUNTRY: United
the Census Bureau Site
DATE OF STATEHOOD: July 10, 1890
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)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariaefolia) (shown left)
STATE REPTILE: Horned
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
NICKNAME: Big Wyoming, Equality State, Cowboy State
MOTTO: "Equal Rights"
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)
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the
world's first national park. Yellowstone is located in
Northwestern Wyoming near Cody.
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
GOVENOR'S OFFICE: Visit
the Govenor's Site
WYOMING: Visit the WY
Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet
3,100 feet Belle Fourche River
AVERAGE ANNUAL PRECIPITATION: 14.5 inches
1992 POPULATION: 466,185
2000 POPULATION: 493,782
RANK FOR POPULATION: 50
LAND AREA: 97,100 square miles, 9th largest state
MAPS : Wyoming Maps
Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, & Idaho
I-90, I-80, I-25
RANK IN SIZE IN UNION: 9
oil, natural gas, tourism, recreation, wool
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.
Written by C.E. Winter
Composed by G.E. Knapp
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Information, visit the STATE
OF WYOMING website