State abbreviation/Postal code: Wyo./WY
Nickname: Equality State
Origin of name: Based on an Algonquin or Delaware Indian word meaning "large prairie place".
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The beautiful state of Wyoming is a part of the western United States. A section of the state is covered with Great Plains while the other section is dominated by the mountain ranges and rangelands. This makes the state very exciting to explore.
Besides the rough and rugged outdoors, the state is known for its wonderful cities and great historic sites, other activities and attractions therein. The historic capital of the state is Cheyenne.
With a total area of 57.9 square kilometers Cheyenne is also the largest city of the state. A walk through the city will rejuvenate your spirit with its charismatic aura and will inform you of the significant socio-economic and political role the city plays.
The city is particularly visited for its magnificent museums such as the Wyoming State Museum which tells the tale of the Wyoming's human and natural history and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum which parades one of the finest collections of horse-drawn vehicles.
The Yellowstone Natl Park in Wyoming was the first national park in the world in 1872. The Yellowstone city is beautiful with diverse landscapes. The city is large and flooded with ample of attractions. The places such as Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone are worth watching.
The Yellowstone Park offers a variety of wildlife, which includes Elk, deer and coyote etc. The Park is also the home to the largest super volcano in the world. The Yellowstone Lake found in the region is a result of the last eruption that took place around 60,000 years ago. The history of the Park is depicted through the cultural sites that are nearly 12,000 years old.
The state of Wyoming too has quite old origins. The state was once inhabited by the Native Americans. Some of the prominent groups were the Crow, Araphoe, Sioux and Shoshone etc.
In 1700 the French explorers entered the region. John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition is believed to be the first American who explored the area. Though John had discovered the area of Yellowstone but his reports were not trusted and accepted.
The South Pass region owes its discovery to the founder and explorer Jim Bridger. In 1827 Jim discovered the South Pass, which later acted as the route followed by the Oregon Trail, one of the key overland migration routes on which pioneers traveled across the North American continent. In 1850 Bridger also brought to forth the Bridger Pass, which was used by the Union Pacific Railroad and by the Interstate 80 later.
As the Union Pacific Railroad reached the city of Cheyenne, there was a surge in the population here. In 1867 Cheyenne was declared the capital of the Wyoming territory. The borders of the Wyoming territory were the same as they are today i.e. to the north of the territory is Montana, Colorado to the south, South Dakota to the east and Utah and Idaho to the west.
On 10th July 1980 Wyoming was admitted to the union. It was named after the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania.More links about Woyming