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Abbreviation WY
Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Capital Cheyenne
Population 563,626
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
Governor Matt Mead (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union July 10, 1890
as the 44th state
Motto Equal Rights
Nickname The Equality State
Flower Indian paintbrush
Bird Meadowlark
Song Wyoming
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From a Native American word meaning moutains and valleys alternating
Historical Sites Fort Laramie National Historic site
Points of Interest Yellowstone National Park; Grand Teton National Park; Jackson Hole; Cheyenne’s Annual Frontier Days Celebration; Flaming Gorge; and Devil’s Tower and Fossil Butte National Monuments
Bordering States Wyoming borders Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho.
Flag Wyoming's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Wyoming from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Wyoming
    The site provides a wealth of information about Wyoming. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Wyoming
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Wyoming’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Wyoming Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Wyoming.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Wyoming
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Wyoming.
  • Wyoming ranks second in wool production, and has over 810,000 sheep.
  • In 1925, Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of Wyoming and became the first woman governor in the United States.
  • The flag of Wyoming is a bison (or buffalo) with a seal on it. If you look closely at the seal, you will see that it represents the custom of branding.
  • Wyoming was acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
  • Wyoming is the 9th largest state, but has the fewest people (475,000).

Some Famous People from this State

  • “Buffalo Bill” Cody, famous westerner, came to Wyoming in 1895 and founded Cody, Wyoming.
  • Curt Gowdy, sportscaster and co-host of ABC’s Monday Night Football.
  • Jedediah S. Smith, mountain man and first American to get to California from the East.
  • Jackson Pollock, artist well known for his abstract paintings.
  • Esther Hobart Morris, first woman justice of the peace in the United States.