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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wyoming: Home to Many Firsts

This Day in History: July 10, 1890

Wyoming, the Equality State, the Cowboy State, Big Wyoming

Land of geysers & hot springs, cowboys, bucking broncos,
bison, free-roaming wild horses & some of the most spectacular scenery in the world...Wyoming, part of Awesome America!


Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. This action lead to the nickname "The Suffrage State" and later to "The Equality State." "Equality" is also the state motto. Wyoming has officially adopted a cowboy on a bucking horse as a symbol of the state. This has lead to the reference of Wyoming as "The Cowboy State." With Wyoming being the 10th largest state in total area in the nation, it has also earned the nickname "Big Wyoming." This connotation pays homage to the rugged natural beauty of Wyoming, a state where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains.
Grand Prismatic Spring
In 1803, the U.S. acquired the land comprising Wyoming at the time from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase. John Colter, a fur-trapper, is the first white man known to have entered the region. Colter explored the Yellowstone area in 1807 and brought back news of its geysers and hot springs. Western Wyoming was obtained by the U.S. in the 1846 Oregon Treaty with The name Wyoming is based on an Algonquin Indian word meaning "large prairie place." Great Britain and as a result of the treaty ending the Mexican War in 1848. The United States admitted Wyoming into the Union as the 44th state on July 10, 1890.
Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States.

 Wyoming State Flag 
Wyoming was one of the last states to ratify an official state flag. In 1916, an open competition was held by Wyoming's DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) for the design of an official Wyoming flag. Verna Keays won the $20 first-place prize (from amidst thirty-seven entries) with her design of a bison (Wyoming's state mammal) with the state seal branded at its center. Her design was made official by legislature in 1917.

Maryland does not stand alone with a State Dinosaur!
Say "hello" to Wyoming's State Dinosaur,
the Triceratops (what's left of him anyway)...

Triceratops skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History in
New York City - photo by Claire Houck on Wikipedia

What he would have looked like in the flesh!
Triceratops horridus
, a ceratopsian from the Late Cretaceous
of North America, pencil drawing on Wikipedia Commons

A year after the release of the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Wyoming claimed the “three-horned face” as one of its own. A 1994 statute declared, “A state dinosaur shall be designated by election in accordance with the law. The results of the election naming the state dinosaur shall be filed with the secretary of state.” The “election” in question was a poll of elementary school children, who may have voted out of sympathy for Spielberg’s sick triceratops.

Seven states have declared a state dinosaur: Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming.
When you hear someone mention Wyoming, what are your first thoughts? I doubt very seriously they focus on the Triceratops. What about buffalo or bronco riding? Now, that's more like it...symbols of the wild, wild West and native to Wyoming.

Wyoming State Mammal: Buffalo (American Bison)
Wyoming designated the American buffalo
as the official state mammal in 1985
(more correctly called bison).

Wyoming State Sport: Rodeo
Wyoming designated rodeo as the official state sport in 2003.
 Indian Paintbrush: "A closeup of Wyoming's state Flower"
(photo by Todd Quinn on Flickr

Wyoming State Flower: Indian Paintbrush

Also called prairie fire, Indian paintbrush was
designated the state flower of Wyoming in 1917.

Wyoming State Bird: Western Meadowlark

Wyoming designated the western meadowlark as official state bird in 1927. The western meadowlark is a familiar songbird of open country across the western two-thirds of the continent. The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day.
For all State Symbols of Wyoming click HERE!

In the 70s, John Denver paid tribute to Wyoming with his recording of 'Song of Wyoming', words and music by Kent Lewis. This song appears on three albums: First released on the Windsong album, also on the Country Classics and The Country Roads Collection albums.

 Home to Many Firsts


First National Park in the nation
– unforgettable sensation

First forest declared national
Shoshone National Forest - ancestral

National Monument protrusion
Devils Tower – igneous intrusion


First state as a matter of note
Women’s suffrage – right to vote


Nation’s first woman governor
Nellie Tayloe Ross
– wife and mother


’s memorable name
JCPenney – claim to fame

First business west of Missouri River
Trading Post – fur traders deliver

 First County Library System - let's read!
  Laramie - the nation's host indeed
And that's not all of Wyoming's firsts
These are just a few to whet your thirst
Since they're not all for sure
Click HERE to learn even more!

Wyoming Facts and Trivia

Next state by month: #11 New York, July 26, 1788

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