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"Wyoming, wi-o'ming, a western state of the American Union, bounded N. by Montana, E. by South Dakota and Nebraska, S. by Colorado and Utah, and W. by Utah, Idaho, and Montana. It is quadrangular, and its bounding lines are the meridians of 104° and 111° W. and the parallels of 41° and 45° N. Area, 97,890 square miles.

Face of the Country.–From N.W. to S.E. extends the Wind River or main chain of the Rocky Mountains, in a course parallel to, but at some distance from, the diagonal line of the state. The southwestern portion of the state is therefore on the Pacific slope, and is drained principally by the Green and Snake Rivers and their many tributaries. Its surface is broken by mountain-ranges and buttes. The Atlantic or northeastern slope is drained by the Yellowstone, Big Horn, Powder, Big Cheyenne, and North Platte Rivers, and their numerous tributaries,—all direct or indirect affluents of the Missouri. In the N.W. is the Upper Valley of the Yellowstone, in which an area of 3525 square miles, mostly within this state, has been reserved as a national park. Here occur the grandest and most numerous geysers (or spouting, intermittent thermal springs) in the whole known world; while the mountains rising into the region of perpetual snows, the deep river cañons, and the headlong cataracts render it a region of great interest to the tourist. Between the Medicine Bow spur of the Rocky Mountains on the S.W. and the Laramie Mountains on the N.E. lie the great Laramie Plains, a cold and elevated region, some of whose surrounding peaks are clad with eternal snows. Northward and northeast ward from the Laramie Mountains there is a prairie- or plain-region, crossed by low anticlinals, which connects the Laramie Mountains with the Big Horn Mountains to the N. and the Black Hills to the N.E..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase (including present Wyoming) is completed. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1828 - The first of Wyoming posts, known as 'Portuguese Houses,' is established on Middle Fork of Powder River, 11 miles east of Kaycee. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1830 - Kit Carson, noted scout, arrives. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1834 - Ft. Laramie, first permanent trading post in Wyoming, established by William Sublette and Robert Campbell. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1843 - Ft. Bridger, second permanent settlement, established by Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1847 - Brigham Young leads first group of Mormons across Wyoming. Mormons build a ferry across Platte River near Fort Casper site. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1854 - Grattan Massacre occurs near Fort Laramie. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1860 - Pony Express started and crosses Wyoming. Second school in Wyoming established at Ft. Bridger by Judge William A. Carter, with Miss Fannie Foot as teacher. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1863 - Bozeman Road through Wyoming established. First newspaper in Wyoming, The Daily Telegraph, established at Ft. Bridger. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1867 - Town of Cheyenne is founded.

  • News 1869 - December 10 – The Wyoming territorial legislature gives women the right to vote, the first such law in the world.
    In 1869, Wyoming’s territorial legislature declared that “every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this territory, may at every...Read MORE...

  • 1869 - Wyoming Territory organized. April 15. J. A. Campbell inaugurated as first governor of Wyoming. Cheyenne designated as territorial capital. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1870 - September 18 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone.
    September 18, 1870

  • 1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park.
    March 1 – Yellowstone National Park (once dubbed "Colter's Hell" after John Colter, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) is established as the world's...Read MORE...

  • 1883 - Cheyenne completes incandescent lighting system. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

  • 1890 - July 10, Wyoming is admitted into the Union as the 44th State. ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm

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    Second Street, Casper, Wyoming
  • News 1906 - March 17 - The temperature at Snake River, WY, dipped to 50 degrees below zero, a record for the U.S. for the month of March.
    March 17, 1906

  • 1906 - First National Monument: Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming was designated the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 resources/ state-facts/ wyoming.html

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    Ferguson Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • News 1924 - November 4 - Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is elected as the first woman governor in the United States.
    November 4, 1924

  • February 9, 1933 - The temperature at Moran, WY, located next to Teton National Park, plunged to 63 degrees below zero to establish a state record.

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    Second Street and Business District, Laramie, Wyoming
  • 1941 - After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, people of Japanese descent living on the Pacific Coast were relocated to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. resources/ state-facts/ wyoming.html

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