WYOMING

State Information

Nickname(s):                         Equality State. Big Wyoming

Motto(s):                                   Equal Rights

State song(s):                          Wyoming

 Capital & Largest City         Cheyenne

Admitted to US                        7/1/1890                  44th State

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Brief History

Here are a few interesting facts about Wyoming:

  • Wyoming is the home of the first national park, at Yellowstone, which welcomes 4 million visitors every year. 

  • Although it is the least populated state, Wyoming is home to the most billionaires per capita. 

  • It has the 4th lowest tax burden in the Nation with the Tax Foundation ranking Wyoming as the most business friendly state. 

  • Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, and it elected the first female governor.

  • The ten largest coal mines are located in Wyoming. They produce 40% of the Nation’s total coal supply. 

  • Wyoming, Colorado and Utah have the majority of the world’s reserves in oil shale. 

  • Wyoming leads the Nation in uranium reserves.

Interesting Stories

Alan Simpson was born in Colorado, but moved to Wyoming when he was young.  He served as Wyoming’s senator for 18 years.  His personality mirrors the great poets, such as Mark Twain and Will Rogers.  His captivating, common-sense analogies landed him the title of being the most quoted modern day politician.  He was a proponent of women’s rights. During his terms in office, women made up two-thirds of his staff.  He criticized Congress’s use of titles on legislation to convey misleading information, such as the Affordable Care Act being anything but affordable.  Alan Simpson was never timid in calling out hypocrisy. In fact, he believed that “telling the truth is the essence of leadership. If you have integrity, nothing else matters.”

Dana Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming, on May 9, 1972.  Dana was hired two months after the 9-11 attack as press secretary and assistant to President George W Bush.  She became a political commentator on Fox News in 2009.  She believes that global warming is a hoax. Current science backs her up.  The amount of CO2 in the air is minuscule, at only 0.04 percent.  Plants, which are necessary for all life on earth, must have CO2 to live.  Therefore the more CO2, the better plants will grow. 

Rare Earth Elements.  Rare earth elements are used in all of our sophisticated electronic systems and satellites.  Wyoming is home to the highest-grade rare earth deposits in North America.  These elements are often located near coal layers.  With Wyoming being the largest producer of coal, it makes sense that it is also high in rare earth elements.  Since 1990, China has been producing almost all of the rare earth elements, generating 85% of the world’s supply, and putting competitors out of business.  But because of the trade tariffs, China has threatened to cut off these minerals. Luckily, rare earth element mining is currently under development in Wyoming.

Rulon Gardner grew up in Afton, Wyoming, elevation 6,240 feet.  He grew up on a dairy farm where he milked and fed cows twice a day, every day.  This built arm strength and incredible endurance.  He was all-state in football, placed second in the shot-put competition, and became the 1989 wrestling state heavyweight champion.  Then he was selected to go to the summer Olympics, in 2000, for Greco-Roman wrestling.  His opponent was the famous Russian champion Aleksandr Karelin.  Karelin was a towering man, undefeated for 13 years, who had not given up a point in six years, earning him the nickname “Russian Bear.”   The Las Vegas odds against Rulon were 2000 to 1, the second largest in history.  And yet, Rulon smiled as he stepped onto the mat.  Karelin attempted a reverse lift in the first round, but couldn’t get Rulon off the mat.  Rulon defeated the “Russian Bear” that day.

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