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The name "Wyoming" was adopted from two Delaware Indian words, MECHEWEAMI-ING, meaning "at the big plains" or "on the great plain." The word was first used by J.M. Ashley who, as early as 1865, introduced a bill to Congress to provide a "temporary government for the territory of Wyoming." The bill was referred to a committee where it rested until 1868. During debate on the bill in the U.S. Senate in 1868, other possible names were suggested, such as Cheyenne, Shoshoni, Arapaho, Sioux, Platte, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Sweetwater, and Lincoln. Wyoming was already in common use, however, and remained the popular choice.
Total Area (Rank)
97,818 sq mi (10th)
2014 Population (Rank)
mineral extraction, tourism and recreation, agriculture
First Explored By
Frances François and Louis La Verendrye, 1743
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