50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Wyoming State to Know Story

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Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Wyoming State to Know Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about Wyoming state to learn, including funny, scary...

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Wyoming Fun Facts

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It was the 44th state

The best way to start this list of Wyoming facts about the state is by...

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Old Faithful erupts regularly

Old Faithful is one of the most popular attractions in Yellowstone. This natural marvel earned...

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Most of Yellowstone National Park is here

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the country. Not only...

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Buffalo Bill influenced the territory

Buffalo Bill is a legendary figure of the American west. Since there are so many...

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President Theodore Roosevelt loved Yellowstone

Though Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation to protect the Yellowstone territory, Roosevelt is often most...

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It's also called the "Cowboy State"

If you decide to plan a trip to the area, you'll likely see the nickname...

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The name means "large plains"

The exact origin of the name "Wyoming" is a bit of a mystery, but historians...

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The painter Jackson Pollock was a Wyomingite

Jackson Pollock was one of the most important figures in the abstract art movement. Before...

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Yellowstone was groundbreaking

In 1872, Yellowstone made history by being named the first national park in the US...

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Bison is a symbol

Most people who live in the US will never get a chance to see a...

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The North Antelope Rochelle Mine is huge

Spread over 65 miles, the North Antelope Rochelle Mine is one of the largest coal...

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The Wind River is gusty

The Wind River's name is both metaphorical and quite literal, referring to both the river...

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There are six state borders

As a large landlocked state, Wyoming is bordered by multiple other states. South Dakota, Montana...

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Shoshone National Forest is inside Yellowstone

If you're seeking information about Wyoming, you'll be interested to know it's home to the...

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Interesting Facts About Wyoming

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Nellie Tayloe Ross led the state

One of the most important Wyoming history facts is that it boasts the first woman...

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Fort Laramie was the main outpost

Built in 1834, Fort Laramie was initially used as a trading outpost before being converted...

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It's the first area in the US where women could vote

While today it's normal for women in many countries around the globe to participate in...

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Earthquakes formed Grand Teton National Park

In Teton County, WY, you'll find Grand Teton National Park. Stretching 310,000 acres, the park...

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The Plains Native American tribes traveled here

Many Wyoming facts and history focus on the time before settlers came to the area...

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It was originally called Wyoming Territory

Though it didn't become a state until 1890, Wyoming already belonged to the US. The...

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The Indian paintbrush is edible

The Wyoming state flower has an interesting history. It was classified as a parasitic plant...

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Yellowstone Lake is a record-breaker

You shouldn't be surprised to learn that Yellowstone broke yet another record. Yellowstone Lake, which...

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The state motto is "Equal rights"

If you look at the current Wyoming state flag, you'll see a silhouette of a...

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One of the tallest cottonwoods was found in Wyoming

The Wyoming state tree can be found in numerous places around the country. It's a...

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Wyoming brothers invented the jackalope

The jackalope is a mythical creature that is part rabbit and part antelope. Stories about...

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Funny Facts About Wyoming

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It's bad if a hat obstructs people

If you visit the state of Wyoming, you'll want to make sure you don't break...

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The green hairstreak butterfly signals spring

The Sheridan's green hairstreak butterfly can be found all over Wyoming during the spring months...

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It's the least populous state

You probably already knew that Wyoming doesn't have a large population. But you might be...

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The Sundance Kid borrowed his name from a town in this state

Many people don't recognize the name Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, but they might be more familiar...

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There are only two escalators

If you visit Wyoming, be prepared to take the stairs. According to reports, there are...

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The Wyoming Gold Rush brought settlers

In 1842, gold was discovered within the Wyoming territory. That moment kicked off the state's...

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Devils Tower National Monument was in a movie

A fun fact about Wyoming is that one of its most recognizable landmarks has been...

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Cheyenne is the rodeo capital

Every year, people from around the country flock to the capital of Wyoming state for...

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It has one of the oldest fairs

While the New York State Fair is the oldest in the country, it's not the...

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The western meadowlark lives here

The Wyoming state bird isn't a fan of the state's colder months. Every winter the...

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Scary Facts About Wyoming

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Yellowstone is home to the headless bride ghost of Old Faithful Inn

One of the facts about the state of Wyoming concerns the area's biggest landmark. Yellowstone...

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A lot of outlaws lived in the state

The Wild West got its name from the lawlessness that was rampant in the western...

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There's a haunted saloon

Today the Occidental Hotel and Saloon in Buffalo, Wyoming is a popular tourist attraction. However...

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Wyoming is full of ghost towns

Nearly every state has ghost towns. These are cities that are nearly or completely abandoned...

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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is famously haunted

The way the US handled conflict with Japan in WWII is a sore spot in...

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Weird Facts About Wyoming

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Almost half the state is federally owned

While the population of Wyoming might be small, most people likely wouldn't guess that nearly...

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The drinking age was 19 for a long time

Federally, in order to drink alcohol, you have to be at least 21 years old...

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There are islands in Wyoming

One of the least-known facts about Wyoming is that it has islands. This is a...

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The largest swing dance was in Laramie

In 2015, the Laramie campus of the University of Wyoming decided to break a record...

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There's a state code

There are many Wyoming state symbols, but none capture the state's cowboy roots like the...

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Cool Facts About Wyoming

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There's real gold on the capitol dome

The Wyoming State Capitol is the civic center of the state's government. Initial construction began...

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It's one of the largest states

Wyoming might be one of the least-populated states, but it's also one of the largest...

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The Black Hills are green in reality

The Black Hills mountain range is most often associated with South Dakota. However, a portion...

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The Oregon Trail passed through the state

The Oregon Trail was a highly-trafficked route that settlers used to reach the United States...

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John Colter was the first explorer in the territory

Lewis and Clark are the most well-known explorers from their famous expedition west after the...

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