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Wyoming

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Facts and Figures
Facts and Figures
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 (44th).

Official Symbols of Wyoming
Official 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.

Important Dates in Wyoming
Important 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.

Johnson County Range War
Johnson 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."

Nellie Tayloe Ross
Nellie Tayloe Ross
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.

Wyoming Counties and County Seats

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