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Star lover
July 18th, 2019, 07:04 AM
And so ends our tour of the United States......it’s been about a year and a half and I am amazed and humbled by the majesty of this country. I hope you’ve also enjoyed our “tour.” I thank Lori (Hulamoon) for starting me on this journey soooo long ago.

Some Interesting Facts about Wyoming:

The name “Wyoming” comes from the Lenape Indian word mecheweami-ing, which means “at (or on) the big plain.”

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.

Yellowstone is the first official National Park (1872).


Devils Tower was designated as the first National Monument (1906).


The first coal mine in Wyoming was in Carbon in 1867.

The JCPenney stores were started in Kemmerer. They were at first called The Golden Rule Stores.


The first Dude Ranch in Wyoming was the Eaton near Wolf. The Eaton's also came up with the term "dude.”


The Horse on the Wyoming license plate has a name, "Old Steamboat". It is named after a bronc that could not be ridden back in 1918. It is now the longest-running license plate motif in the world.


Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States.

Cody Wyoming is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.


The majority of Yellowstone Park lies within the boundaries of Wyoming.

The Red Desert in south central Wyoming drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage.


The Wind River actually changes its name in the middle of the stream becoming the Big Horn River at a site at the north end of the Wind River Canyon, where each year the Native Americans hold a ceremony depicting the "Wedding of the Waters."

The country’s first female governor was also elected in Wyoming. After Nellie Tayloe Ross's husband, Governor William Bradford Ross, passed away, she was elected to finish his term. She served as the 14th governor of the state from 1925 to 1927, and was later appointed by FDR to serve as the director of the United States Mint. She is still the only female governor that the state has ever had.


The outlaw Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, a.k.a. The Sundance Kid, took his nickname from the town of Sundance, Wyoming, where he was jailed at the age of 15 for stealing a horse.


Old Faithful, the infamous cone geyser located in Yellowstone, got its name because of how dependable its eruptions are. The geyser erupts about*every hour and a half, on average, and more than 90 percent of predictions about its eruptions are, according to the Park Service, accurate within a ten-minute window.*


Wyoming didn’t raise the legal drinking age from 19 to 21 until 1988—the last state in the union to do so.

On April 30, 2015, Laramie, Wyoming danced its way into the Guinness Book of World Records when 1184 swing dancers took to the floor of the University of Wyoming’s Fieldhouse at the same time.

Two of the largest coal mines in the world are located in Wyoming: North Antelope Rochelle and Black Thunder, both in the Powder River Basin. Coal is big business in Wyoming, with about 40 percent of the country’s domestic supply coming out of the state’s mines.

Some Strange Laws in Wyoming:

- All new buildings that cost over $100,000 to build must have 1% of funds spent on artwork for the building.
- If one is drunk in a mine, he or she could land in jail for up to a year.
- Junk dealers may not make any business transactions with drunk persons.
- It is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people’s view in a public theater or place of amusement.
- Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden.
- Any person who fails to close a fence is subject to a fine of up to seven hundred and fifty dollars.
- It is illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking.
- You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit.
- Skiing under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.

July 18th, 2019, 08:44 AM
Ya done good. Great job. And thank you.

July 18th, 2019, 10:54 AM
A big thank you!!!

Granny Fran
July 18th, 2019, 11:46 AM
Thank you so much for all the wonderful information you give us. You are like a tour guide!

July 18th, 2019, 05:31 PM
Awww, no more touring the states. Maybe we can "travel" to other countries? Loved all of the state info.

You did good, girl.