Wyoming State Overview

By | October 5, 2022

Wyoming is one of the federal states in the western United States of America. It borders Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, and Idaho. The name Wyoming comes from the Dakota word “mscheweamiing” which meant “great plains.” The territory of today’s state was inhabited for thousands of years by numerous Indian tribes of Arapaho and Shoshone. Wyoming joined the Union on July 10, 1890, becoming the next US state.

Wyoming is a predominantly mountainous country with an average elevation of around 2,040 meters above sea level. Impressive rock massifs here intertwine with the high-lying territory of the Great Plains. Towards the west, the Rocky Mountains rise, complementing the forestless intermountain basins. The highest mountain is Gannett Peak measuring 4210 meters above sea level. The Bighorn River, Green River, Belle Fourche River, Powder River, and North Platte River flow through the state. We also find numerous lakes here, such as Yellowstone Lake, Glendo Reservoir, Bighorn Lake, Boysen Reservoir, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Seminoe Reservoir, Alcova Reservoir and Keyhole Reservoir. The country has a continental climate, which is characterized by large temperature differences between summer and winter.

In 1803, the area of today’s Wyoming was purchased by the United States from France, as a mountainous and inhospitable wilderness. Settlers therefore did not flock here much, and the country thus served rather as a transit area for colonists heading further west. The introduction of the telegraph and the railway did not please the local Indian tribes, who lost their land. There were numerous fights between the settlers and the Indians. The surviving Indians were located on the Wind River Reservation on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Thanks to the development of the railway, cattle breeders were able to move here, for which endless pastures were prepared here. A gradual colonization took place here, and the untouched nature full of game also attracted hunters and fur traders. In 1868, the territory of Wyoming was created, the borders of which were identical to the borders of the present state. In 1890, the state joined the USA. Wyoming was the first state that did not prevent women from entering politics, and in 1925 the first female governor was even elected here.

According to TRACKAAH, about half a million people live in Wyoming today. Since the state covers an area of 253,348 kmĀ², it is one of the least populated and almost untouched by civilization states in the USA. The population density here is only 1.96 people per square kilometer. The population is 78% Christian, Roman Catholics and Protestants predominate, followed by Mormons. Around 21% of the population has no religious affiliation.

Today, Wyoming has one of the lowest GDPs in the US, its income mainly consists of mining and tourism. The main industry is the extraction of oil, uranium and hard coal. The petrochemical, chemical and glass industries are also important. Agriculture is focused on the cultivation of wheat, corn, sugar beet, barley, cattle breeding, pigs, production of milk and dairy products. Among the most attractive tourist destinations is Yellowstone National Park, which is the oldest national park in the world. Another no less visited place is the Grand Teton Park.

According to COUNTRYAAH, the capital and largest city is Cheyenne, which was founded in 1867. It is also the capital of the Laramie Country district and has a population of around 60,000. Other larger cities include Casper, Laramie, Gillette, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Green River, Evanston, Riverton, and Cody.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

The Bighorn Canyon recreation area is located on the territory of the states of Wyoming and Montana in the United States of America. It was established in 1966 after the construction of the Yellowtail Dam. The dam located on the Bighorn River was named after the chief of the Crow Indian tribe, Robert Yellowtail. More than one-third of this recreation area is located on the Crow Indian Reservation.

There are two visitor centers in Bighorn Canyon, one in Fort Smith, Montana and the other near Lovell, Wyoming. Afterbay Lake, which extends below the dam, is a great spot for trout fishing and wildlife viewing such as ducks and geese and much more. It is a well-known fishing area, where thousands of enthusiastic fishermen go every year.

Although this recreation area is relatively little known among tourists and is still waiting to be discovered, you can enjoy rich recreational opportunities here. Nature has created breathtaking scenery and scenery here, countless species of animals live here, and visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Bighorn Canyon mainly offers solitude, peace and a relaxing atmosphere far from civilization.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area