Origin of Name The name "Wyoming" was
adopted from two Delaware Indian words, MECHEWEAMI-ING,
meaning "at the big plains" or "on the
great plain." Total Area (rank) 97,818 sq
mi (10th). Population (rank) 582,658 (50th). Capital
Laramie. Admitted to Union (rank) July 10, 1890
Symbols of Wyoming
The Great Seal of Wyoming was adopted in 1893. The draped
figure in the center holds a staff from which flows a
banner bearing the words "Equal Rights,"
symbolizing the political status women have always
enjoyed in Wyoming. The male figures typify the livestock
and mining industries of the state.
Dates in Wyoming
1807 John Colter explored the Yellowstone area. 1834
William Sublette and Robert Campbell established what
became Fort Laramie. 1868 Congress created the
Territory of Wyoming. 1869 Wyoming women were
given the right to vote and hold elective office. July
10, 1890 Wyoming became the 44th state.
County Range War
In 1892 a group of men hired by cattle barons
"invaded" Johnson County, Wyoming, intent on
ridding that county of cattle thieves. After killing one
man, the group was besieged by a sheriff's posse and
eventually captured. Despite the fact that the group had
no evidence that any of its "targets" were in
fact thieves, none of the men were ever tried for the one
killing they "accomplished."
became the first woman Governor in the United States when
she was elected to finish her late husband's term in
1924. She lost her bid for re-election in 1926, but
continued to enjoy political success as Director of the
U.S. Mint from 1933 to 1953.
Counties and County Seats