leads the country in coal production in 1994 with 3 million tons per
The majority of
Yellowstone National Park lies within the boundaries of Wyoming,
with smaller portions in
Idaho and Montana.
The second largest
traveling sand dunes in the world -- the Killpecker Dunes, are located
north of Rock Springs.
it is illegal to wear a hat that obstructs people's view in a public
theater or place of amusement.
The first business west of the Missouri
River was a trading post established at the confluence of the Laramie and
North Platte Rivers by veteran fur traders William Sublette and Robert
you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an
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
Clay Allison, after sitting in a
dentist’s chair in
forcibly pulled one of the dentist’s teeth when he doctor drilled on the
wrong molar. He would have continued pulling the dentists teeth, but the
screams of the dentist brought in people from the street.
it is against the law to spit on the sidewalks or in the streets.
Should you carry out this offense in front of a lady, you could be
arrested and jailed for no more than three days and required to pay
restitution to the woman.
is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
It is against
the law for junk dealers to transact business with anyone who is drunk.
name came from the Delaware
word, meaning "mountains and valleys alternating.”
Territory was organized in 1869, Wyoming
women became the first in the nation to obtain the right to vote.
been allegedly sighted several times in Wyoming
in the Wind River Mountains,
Yellowstone, Teton Forest, and Snow King
Harry Longabaugh became known as "the Sundance Kid”
because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance,
The Ames Pyramid is A sixty foot tall,
stone-block monolith, called the Ames Pyramid, stands on the otherwise
empty plains just east of Laramie.
Using a firearm to fish in Wyoming
is strictly forbidden by law.
boasts the first national forest, Shoshone National Forest, declared in
1891 by an Act signed by President Benjamin Harrison. Wyoming
now has nine national forests.
J.C. Penney stores were started in Kemmerer.
Tom Horn, lawman turned
outlaw, was hanged in Cheyenne for shooting 14 year old Willie
Nickell in 1903.
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.
Any new commercial
buildings constructed at a cost of more than $100,000 are required to
spend a minimum of 1% of those funds on artwork for the building.
In 1925 Mrs. Nellie
Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor in the United States.
has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. Strangely, it
also has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation.
National Park has more geysers than any other geyser field in the
An ordinance in
specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a
store's walk-in meat freezer.
prohibits "fat” people, defined as 100 pounds overweight, using
playground or park equipment.
At the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins,
are the remains of an
outlaw by the name of George Manuse who was more familiarly called
George.” However, one doesn’t see a skeleton here, but
rather a pair of shoes that a local doctor made from the dead man's
skin and the top of his skull, that was used as both a doorstop and an
ashtray. The doctor, John Osborne, would later wear the shoes
when he became the Governor of Wyoming.
South Pass City is allegedly haunted by the
resident spirit of Polly Bartlett, who is said to have been a greedy,
murderous, young woman.
If you are found to be drunk in a mine in
you could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.
The world’s largest elk
horn arch is in Afton, Wyoming.
In Cheyenne, it is illegal to spit on the
steps of a school.
Seven miles east of Medicine Bow is the
Dinosaur Bone House made up of 26,000 fossils.
Tower was designated as the first National Monument in 1906.
An old law on the Wyoming
books makes it illegal for women to stand within five feet of a bar while
The only known monument
in the United States built in honor of a prostitute is located south of
Old Mother FeatherLegs Shepard Monument, it was erected in 1964.
Skiing under the
influence of alcohol is against the law.
thought by many to be a mystical creature, is actually said to exist in
One of the rarest animals in the world, it is a cross between a now
extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit.
One of the newest mammals
known to man was recently discovered in a Wyoming
petrified tree stump. Living some 65 million years ago, the shrew
like mammal is the smallest recorded to date, weighing 1.3 grams.
The town of Kemmerer is
known as the Fossil Fish Capital of the World. Kemmerer is home to
over 100 Pronghorn Antelope, about 3,000 people, and over 100,000 fish
Hickok married Agnes Lake Thatcher in the First United Methodist
Church in Cheyenne in 1874.
of America, updated September, 2017.