Wyoming Trivia

For those who wanna know a little more about the cowboy state, here's a set of curious, little known facts. Pretty interesting stuff!

• Oh, who said cowboys ain't all for education? Wyoming was the first state to establish a county public library!

• The first book printed in Wyoming, in 1866 was the Dictionary of the Sioux Language.

• For Bart Simpson: The first Dude Ranch in Wyoming was the Eaton Ranch, near Wolf. The Eaton's also came up with the term "dude"

• Those plates with the bucking horse, well, his name is "Old Steamboat" and he's actually that one horse nobody could ride!

• Wyoming has the least amount of people per acre in the United States! God I love that fact!

• Wearing a huge hat in a public place is illegal in Wyoming, keep it simple not to obstruct or bother others.

• Harry Longabaugh became known as "the Sundance Kid” because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance, Wyoming.

• Cody, Wyoming is named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

• Love to chew? In Jackson, Wyoming 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.

• Attention shoppers... The J.C. Penny stores were first established in Kemmerer, WY.

• Wyoming has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.

• In New Castle, WY, it's a crime to have sex inside a walk-in meat freezer!

• Devils Tower was designated as the first National Monument in 1906.

• 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.

And… for those who think Wyoming's just about cowboys and western movies….

• The film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was filmed on location at Devil's Tower.

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wyo trivia

owen wister's book 'the virginian' was based on the wyo 'cattle' wars...
there was a real 'virginian'...his name was jack flagg...he 'fought' on the side of the small cattlemen, and was a newspaper editor in buffalo, wyo...
when i was a kid, my parents and grandparents spoke about the 'virginian' stories like they really happened...the goose egg ranch where the baby switching took place was west of casper...
the book 'banditti of the plains' about the johnson county war was burned and banned by the wyo cattle barons...a few copies survived and it is back in print...still a touchy subject amongst native wyomingites!!!

yakoke!!! wyochahta

A major fact

The first territorial legislature of the Wyoming Territory granted women suffrage in 1869. In 1890, Wyoming was admitted to the Union as the first state that allowed women to vote, and in fact insisted it would not accept statehood without keeping suffrage.

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