History of Wyoming
Home to several Native American tribes, Wyoming was once a part of the Spanish Empire and subsequently
the Mexican territory of Alta California. In 1848, after the Mexican-American War, the United States took possession of the region. In 1865, this region was given the name
Wyoming after the Wyoming Valley
in Pennsylvania. The Wyoming Territory was established on 25 July 1868. It was admitted to the Union in July 1890.
Wyoming has a special place in the civil-rights history of the United States and is popularly known as the ‘Equality State
Wyoming has two distinctive geographical features: Eastern Rocky Mountains to its west and High Plains, which is a sub-region of the Great Plains of America, to its east. The Continental Divide cuts across the central portion of the state. Another important feature is the Great Divide Basin which is a well-known endorheic basin. The Yellowstone River and the Snake River are some of the important rivers of this area.
Wyoming has a mix of continental and semi-arid climate with warm summer and cold winter. The state is also vulnerable to thunderstorms and tornado activity.
Interesting Facts About Wyoming
- In USA Wyoming is surrounded by the highest amount of states.
- When people get into Wyoming they are provided with mugs on a complimentary basis.
- One of the several nicknames of Wyoming is Equality State. More Facts...
Known for its Western landscape, Wyoming offers its visitors a vast array of attractions to choose from. Some important places of tourist interest in the state are:
Central Wyoming :
Important places to visit in Central Wyoming are the Ayer’s Natural Bridge in Douglas, Casper city, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Hawk Springs Recreation Area, the cowboy town of Lagrange, the Salt Creek Museum in Midwest, the historic gold mining town of South Pass City and the Oregon Trail Ruts National Historic Landmark in Wheatland, where the actual wagon ruts from the days of the Oregon Trail can be seen.
North East Wyoming :
Important tourist destinations include the Devils Tower National Monument
, Black Hills National Forest, the cowboy town of Buffalo, the coal mines of Gillette, Big Horn Mountain Range, the city of Sheridan and the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
Northwest Wyoming :
The main attraction of this region is the Yellowstone National Park
, famous for its many geothermal features, including the Old Faithful Geyser. The Grand Teton National Park, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Jackson Hole, Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, and the Wind River Canyon are some other important tourist attractions of this region.
Southeast Wyoming :
Known for its mountain ranges and prairies, some popular tourist destinations of this region include the capital city of Cheyenne, the historic Centennial city, Flaming George National Recreation Area, Great Encampment Museum, the Hot Springs of Saratoga and the Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum in Rawlins.
Southwest Wyoming :
This region is famous for the Fossil Butte National Monument, Fort Bridger, Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, and White Mountain Petroglyphs.
Last Updated on: February 22, 2020