Wyoming gets its name from the Algonquin words for “land of vast plains.” After the Union Pacific Railroad reached the town of Cheyenne, the capital, in 1867, the population began to grow steadily in the Wyoming Territory, established in 1868. Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state in 1890. The constitution of the “Equality State” was the first in the world to grant voting rights to women. Wyoming was also the first state to elect a woman governor. People are spread out across the state in small farming and ranching towns, and millions of visitors come to enjoy the Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks each year. The state flower has the poetic name of Indian paintbrush. Wyoming is the smallest state in the Union in population.
Capital City: Cheyenne
Nickname: Equality State / Cowboy State
Motto: Equal Rights.
Statehood: July 10, 1890 (44th)
Origin of State’s Name: Based on an Algonquin Indian word meaning “large prairie place”
Largest Cities: Cheyenne
Border States: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah
Land Area: 97,105 sq. mi., 9th largest
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Flower: Indian Paintbrush (castilleja linariaefolia)
State Tree: Cottonwood (populus sargentii)
State Song: Wyoming