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Wyoming was the first state to have a In 1872, Yellowstone was designated county public library. as the first National Park in the nation. Not only is Yellowstone National Park The popular Columbia Pictures film, the first in the nation, but also the first Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in the world. was filmed on location at Devil’s Tower. The largest coal mine in the USA is Black Thunder located near Wright. Middle Jurassic dinosaur footprints that are 165 million years old were The first Dude Ranch in Wyoming was found near Shell in 1997. the Eaton Ranch, near Wolf. The Eaton’s also Dinosaur skull and bones discovered came up with the at Alcova Lake were found by a local term “dude” elementary class on field trip. The horse on the Any person who Wyoming license fails to close a plate has a name, “Old fence in Wyo- Steamboat.” It is named after a bronco ming is sub- that could not be ridden in the early ject to a 1900’s. fine of up to seven Wyoming has the lowest population of h u n d r e d all 50 United States. and fifty dollars. In Cheyenne, residents are not allowed to take showers on Wednesdays. The first b o o k Wyoming leads the country in coal printed in production in 1994 with 3 million tons Wyoming, in per week 1866 was the Dictionary of the Sioux Language. 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. In Wyoming , 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 Campbell. In Wyoming, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit. The Wind 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 the Waters.”
Clay Allison, after sitting in a dentist’s chair in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 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. 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.
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.
Cody, Wyoming is named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
In 1925 Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor in the United States.
It is against the law for junk dealers to transact business with anyone who is drunk.
Wyoming 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.
The state name came from the Delaware Indian word, meaning “mountains and valleys alternating.”
Old Faithful at Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park has more geysers than any other geyser field in the world.
When the Wyoming Territory was organized in 1869, Wyoming women became the first in the nation to obtain the right to vote. Bigfoot has been allegedly sighted several times in Wyoming in the Wind River Mountains, Yellowstone, Teton Forest, and Snow King Mountain near Jackson. Harry Longabaugh became known as “the Sundance Kid” because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance, Wyoming . 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. Wyoming 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. The J.C. Penney stores were started in Kemmerer.
An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store’s walk-in meat freezer. Wyoming 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 “Big Nose 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. Devils 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 drinking. The only known monument in the United States built in honor of a prostitute is located south of Lusk, Wyoming . Called the Old Mother FeatherLegs Shepard Monument, it was erected in 1964. Skiing under the influence of alcohol is against the law. The Jackalope, thought by many to be a mystical creature, is actually said to exist in Wyoming . 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 fossils. Wild Bill Hickok married Agnes Lake Thatcher in the First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne in 1874. Article Courtesy of Legends Of America.com © Kathy Weiser/ Legends of America