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Moving to Wyoming
A land of epic proportions, wide open spaces, and breathtaking vistas, Wyoming will capture your imagination. Ski resort, Jackson Hole, has been called
the prettiest place on earth and Yellowstone National Park is world famous with more geysers than any other geyser field on the planet.
Yellowstone became the first national park in 1872. The majority of Yellowstone lies within the boundaries of Wyoming, with smaller portions in Idaho and Montana.
Wyoming became the 44th state on July 10, 1890. With a land area of 97,818 square miles, it is the 10th largest state in the US. There is plenty of room
for everyone. With a population of just under 500,000 people (as of 2000), Wyoming is the least populous state in the nation. Major industries are farming
(cattle, sheep), mining (coal, uranium), oil, natural gas, and tourism.
Now that you are moving to the Equality State, impress your friends and family with these Wyoming fun facts:
State capital, and largest city, is Cheyenne.
State Motto: "Equal Rights."
The first book printed in Wyoming, in 1866, was the Dictionary of the Sioux Language.
The first Dude Ranch in the state was the Eaton Ranch, near Wolf. The Eaton's also came up with the term "Dude."
The horse on the state license plate is named, "Old Steamboat," after a bronco in the early 1900's that could not be ridden.
State Mammal is the Buffalo.
Cody, Wyoming is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
Buffalo can be found on menus in Wyoming.
Bigfoot has been allegedly sighted several times in Wyoming in the Wind River Mountains, Yellowstone, Teton Forest, and Snow King Mountain near Jackson.
The J.C. Penney stores were started in Kemmerer.
Harry Longabaugh became known as "the Sundance Kid" because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance, WY.
There is a Wyoming city in Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
The state song is "Wyoming".
The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright. Wyoming leads the country in coal production with 3 million tons per week.
Wyoming boasts the first national forest, Shoshone National Forest, declared in 1891 by an Act signed by President Benjamin Harrison. Wyoming now has nine national forests.
Devils Tower was designated as the first National Monument in 1906.
The state name came from the Delaware Indian word, meaning "mountains and valleys alternating."
Middle Jurassic dinosaur footprints that are 165 million years old were found near Shell in 1997.
Dinosaur skull and bones discovered at Alcova Lake were found by a local elementary class on a field trip.
Fact or fiction? The Jackalope, thought by many to be a mystical creature, is said by some to exist in Wyoming.
The state of Wyoming has one telephone area code.
Enjoy your new home Wyoming!