These days it’s much less intimidating: it’s a tourist attraction that hosts an annual Haunted Halloween House and 5k “Pen Fun Run.” 6.
Jackson ranch owner Harrison Ford, however, is by far Wyoming’s most valuable celebrity asset. With 550,000 total residents, the population of Wyoming is roughly the same as the population of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the small European nation of Luxembourg. White Hall, on the University of Wyoming’s campus in Laramie, is the tallest building in the state. Dowler is currently a scout with the Atlanta Falcons. Wyoming is one of three states with a name that begins with two consonants. For comparison, the very average-sized state of South Carolina’s largest newspaper, the Post and Courier, has a Sunday circulation of 90,168. in 1939, portions of northern Wyoming attempted to join portions of South Dakota and Montana in an attempt to form a new state called “Absaroka.” Sheridan, Wyoming was the planned capital, a state license plate was created, and a “Miss Absaroka” was even named. People from Wyoming must have a thing for secession.
He’s used his helicopter in several search and rescue missions, in one case picking up a stranded climber in the Teton Range and returning her to safety. If you’re ever using AP Style, never abbreviate the state as WY like you would when writing an address. In 2012, a petition circulated around the state calling for Wyoming’s peaceful secession from the United States was signed by nearly 10,000 residents. Utah isn’t the only state in the union with a large Mormon population. As if that wasn’t enough lady cred, Wyoming also had the United States’ first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, from 1925 to 1927. It’s also illegal (and not very sporting) to use firearms to fish. These days, the massive department store chain is headquartered in Plano, Texas, but the first J. Penney store opened in Kemmerer, Wyoming, by James Cash Penney in 1902. Even though Kemmerer’s population is just a tick above 2,500, Penney might not even be its most famous former resident.
Just as the proper AP abbreviation for California is Calif., not CA, the proper AP abbreviation for Wyoming is Wyo. Big Horn, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Sweetwater, and Yellowstone were some of the suggested names for the Wyoming territory when the U. In 2010, the LDS church (62,804 adherents) edged out the Catholic Church (61,222 adherents) as the largest church in the state. Wyoming has earned its reputation as the “equality state.” The state (then territory) was the first to allow women to vote in 1869. The outspoken Prohibition activist and former kindergarten teacher won an election after the sitting governor, her husband William Bradford Ross, died in office. The state of Wyoming provides huge incentives for promising high school students to stay in-state for college. In Wyoming, it’s illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people’s view in a public theater or place of amusement. Longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who passed away last year, grew up in Kemmerer before attending the University of Wyoming. The unincorporated community of Wolf is home to Eaton Ranch, the world’s first dude ranch.
The 69-year-old Louisa Ann Swain became the first woman in the United States to vote in a general election in 1870, after the homemaker rose early to buy yeast and stopped to vote on the way. Wyoming has also by far and away sent the highest percentage of women to the house of representatives since 1989. Through the Hathaway Scholarship program, Wyoming students get big money to attend either UW or one of the state’s community colleges. The Eatons moved the ranch to its current location in Wolf in 1904, where the family still operates it today. Following the lynching of the outlaw Big Nose George Parrott in 1881, a twisted doctor named John Eugene Osborne had the criminal’s skin tanned and turned into shoes.
Earlier this year, a Frontier Airlines pilot became a small hero when his Washington, D.
C., to Denver plane flight had to stop in Cheyenne due to storms.
After two hours on the tarmac the pilot announced “I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.” Thirty-five pies arrived shortly after. During the 1880s Cheyenne was the wealthiest city in the country, maybe the world, due to a booming cattle industry and the gold rush. Wyoming is the only state in the union that’s home to just one four-year postgraduate university: the University of Wyoming.
The next closest states are Alaska and Delaware with five. The Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins, which opened after thirteen years of construction 1901, was the state’s first.
That doctor would later become the Governor of Wyoming in 1893 and eventually serve as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. In 1887, Harry Alonzo Longabaugh was caught stealing a gun, horse, and saddle from a Sundance, Wyoming ranch.
While in jail for the crime, he took on the name the “Sundance Kid.” 40.
Shoshone Forest become the country’s first National Forest in 1891, following a law signed by President Benjamin Harrison. The archean granite Independence Rock in central Wyoming was a landmark for travelers to Utah, Oregon, and California during the 19th century.