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Fun Wyoming Facts

  • 5150 feet is the elevation of Casper, WY

  • 1890 is the year Wyoming became a state

  • 307 is the area code of Wyoming. This is one of the original area codes created in 1947. Wyoming is one of only 11 state to have one area code.

  • Wyoming is the 10th largest state in square miles, with 97,914 SQ miles.

  • It ranks at 50th for population.

  • The average precipitation is 14.5 inches

  • The 2010 census showed 563,626 people live in Wyoming

  • The highest point is Gannett Peak at 13,804 feet and the lowest point is the Belle Fourche River at 3,100 feet.

  • The Wyoming flag was designed by Mrs. A.C. Keyes of Casper and was adopted January 31, 1917.

  • The Great Seal of Wyoming was adopted at the second legislature in 1893 and was revised in 1921.

  • The Bucking Horse is the Federal and State trademark of the State of Wyoming.

  • The original State Songs was adopted in 1955 and is called Wyoming written by C.E. Winter and was put to music by G.E. Knapp.

  • The Red Desert is the largest active dune system in the U.S. and the second largest in the world.

  • The world largest herd of desert elk is in the Red Desert.

  • The training scenes in the film Rocky IV were shot in Jackson.

  • The largest State Park is Boysen with more than 35,000 acres.

  • Nellie Ross was the first female governor in the U.S. Nellie was elected to finish her husband’s tenure and she served from 1925 to 1927.

  • The Laramie County Library System is the oldest organized library in the US.

  • At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wyoming was the most represented state per capita with two competitors.

  • The US government owns 48% of the state of Wyoming.

  • Only three state have names beginning with two consonants, Florida, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

  • The antelope (pronghorn) is the second fastest animal on land, traveling at speeds of 60-70 mph.

  • The largest hot springs in the US is the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone park., the third largest in the world.

  • Wyoming is home to the second largest wild horse population. Nevada is first.

  • The name Wyoming comes from a Native American expression meaning “at the big plains.”

  • In 2015, The Guinness Book of World Records recorded the largest swing dance in Laramie, with more than 1,000 dancers.

  • There are 32 islands in Wyoming. Most are found in Yellowstone Lake, Jackson Lake and Green River.

  • Famous People from Wyoming; Jackson Pollock, artist; Mildred Harris, actress; Matthew Fox, actor; Curt Gowdy, sportscaster; Dana Perino, commentator; Travis Rice, snowboarder; Rulon Gardner, Gold medal Olympian; Zane Beadles, football; Kanye West, singer; John Perry Barlow, poet and song writer; Scott Avett, singer and many others.

  • Wyoming is ranked second in gun ownership, with 66.2% of adults owning a gun, just behind Montana with 66.3%.


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