Entering Wyoming from Colorado, 8/31/10
Wyoming, United States of America
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Otherwise known as “The Cowboy State” or “Big Wyoming”, the State of Wyoming is one of the last stands of the Wild West and is located in the Western United States. Two-thirds of the state is covered by mountains and rangelands in the foothills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains and the Eastern third of the state consists of the High Plains. It is the tenth largest U.S. state by land mass but stands with the lowest population of roughly 563,626. They call themselves the “Equality State” and believe for their motto to be about “Equal rights”.
Wyoming signed a suffrage act into law extending the rights for women to vote in 1869 becoming the first state to do so as well as for many other Women’s rights in politics such as having the first woman on a jury, first femal court bailiff, first female justice of the peace, and the first to have a female governor. This is why Wyoming is known as the “Equality State”. The Capital of Wyoming is “Cheyenne”. Its highest point is “Gannett Peak” standing at 13,809 feet above sea level. Its lowest elevation is the “Belle Fourche River” at 3,099 feet above sea level. Wyoming was admitted to Union on July 10th, 1890. The state is bordered on the north by Montana, to the East by South Dakota and Nebraska, to the south by Colorado, the southwest by Utah, and the West by Idaho. The Continental Divide spans from the north to the south across the central part of the state. Rivers east of the divide drains into the Missouri River Basin onwards to the Gulf of Mexico. These are the Rivers known as the North Platte, Big Horn, Yellowstone, and Wind. To the Northwest the Snake River and the Green Rivers drain into the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. In the central part of the state, in the Great Divide Basin, the waters in this area do not empty into any Ocean but rather sinks into the soil or evaporates. Most of the land in Wyoming is managed by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. Wyoming is notorious for its remarkable National Parks such as the Yellowstone National Park,
Grand Teton National Park, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area,
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Devils Tower National Monument, Fossil Butte National Monument, the California National Historic Trail,
Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, Oregon National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Medicine Wheel National Historic Site, and the National Parkways: John D. Rockefeller, and the Jr. Memorial Parkway. It is estimated that Wyoming receives over 6 million visitors to its National Parks and Monuments every year (2002 statistics). Yellowstone is the world’s first national Park.
Wyoming was originally inhabited by several Native American groups including the Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, and Shoshone. Once Europe invaded the the Americas, Wyoming originally became part of the Spanish and later the Mexican territories of Alta California until ceded to the United States in 1848 with the Mexican-American War. France hosted some explorers into the region such as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, French trappers, and a few other explorers all of whom recorded much of the earlier histories of what is now Yellowstone National Park. It is believed that Wyoming received its name as early as 1865 and comes from the Munsee name xwé:wam?nk, meaning “at the big river flat”. Federal Government established he Wyoming Territory on July 25, 1868. It was added to the Union as the 44th state on July 10, 1890. The state was the location of the Johnson County War of 1892 upon which the “Heaven’s Gate” film (1980) was based erupting beween competing groups of cattle ranchers.
Much of the state is susceptible to rain and snow storms, thunderstorms, and high winds. The southeastern corner is the most vulnerable part of the state to tornadoes. Because of the wind power in the State, wind farms generating electricity became a gross state product producing over 27.4 billion in revenue. Other revenues from the state involve mineral extractions, agriculture, cattle ranching, and tourism.
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- Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
- McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
- Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States referenced 8/16/15.
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