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BRIEF HISTORY OF WYOMING
A good part of the area that is now Wyoming was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. However, a small section of southwestern Wyoming had been ceded by Spain to Mexico in 1821. When Texas ceded from Mexico in 1835, that small part of Wyoming then became part of the Republic of Texas which of course became part of the United States when the Republic of Texas was annexed. Another very small part of western Wyoming had been part of the Oregon Country. It was not until Russia relinquished her claims to the Oregon Country in 1824 and England in 1846 that it too became a part of the United States.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804 through 1806 came through north of Wyoming into what is now Montana. Some believe that since Sacajaweja was Shoshone, they may have traveled south into Wyoming where her people were encamped.
The first white man known to travel into what became Wyoming was John Colter. He spent the winter of 1807 in the Cody and Jackson Hole area of the state. The start of the Wyoming fur trade is attributed to John Colter. To find out more about the fur traders, visit the Library of Western Fur Trade located at http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/mtman/mmarch.html .
MAIL - 1849 The federal government authorized mail delivery between Kamesville, Missouri and Salt Lake City. The overland route used was through Wyoming.
FREIGHT - 1855, Russell, Majors and Waddell started a business which lasted five years. At one point in their prime they owned 3,500 wagons.
PONY EXPRESS - 1860 - comprised of 190 stations between St. Joseph Missouri and Sacramento, California. owned by Russell, Majors and Waddell. In its short life, it carried 34,753 items of mail - only lost one. The riders traveled a total of 616,000 miles - 380 runs each way.
TELEGRAPH - Authorized on June 16, 1860 by Congress, the Pacific Telegraph Company was formed. Relay stations were set up between 50 and 75 miles apart.
And in 1869, Wyoming became it's own territory. The word Wyoming is a Delaware Indian word, meaning "at the end of the plains" or "Algonquin or Delaware Indian word meaning "large prairie place" . It had been chosen by Sen. James M. Ashley, who in 1865, hailed from the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Those years, and the ones succeeding them, are filled with tales of gold, fur, conflict, wars, settlers, cowboys, sheep, cattle, trains, stage coaches, Indians and much more. The Indians were here first and must by any account be given the honor of being Wyoming's first inhabitants, long before the name came into being. Who lived here before the Indians is up to the the Archaelogists to determine.
Tips for Stagecoach Riders - from our files
John Allen Campbell, native of Ohio
Edward Merwin Lee, native of Connecticut
Benjamin Gallagher, native of Iowa
John W. Donnellan, native of County Clare, Ireland
Territorial Supreme Court Chief Justice
John H. Howe, native of Illinois
Territorial Supreme Court Justices
John W. Kingham, native of New Hampshire and William T. Jones, native of Indiana.
Territorial United States Attorney
Joseph M. Carey, native of Pennsylvania
Territorial Congressional delegate
Stephen F. Nickolls, a native of Virginia
1890 - Wyoming became the 44th state in the Union on July 10, 1890. Read the Wyoming Constitution.
1925 - Nellie Tayloe Ross appointed as Governor to replace her husband, was the First Woman Governor in the United States.
NARA PHOTOS ABOUT WYOMING
As of 07/11/2012, 267 on line holdings at Nara
Population - 2000 Census - 493,782
State Bird - Western Meadow Lark
State Capital - Cheyenne
State Flag - "A bison on a blue field bordered in white and red. The state seal branded on the bison. The woman represents the state motto "Equal Rights" and the two men represent cattle ranchers and miners. The words "Livestock", "Mines", "Grains" and "Oil" represent Wyoming's wealth. The eagle and shield show support for the United States. The dates 1869 and 1890 tell when Wyoming organized as a territory of the United States and when it became a state." Source: http://www.50states.com/wyoming.htm
State Flower - Indian Paintbrush
State Motto - Equal Rights
State Song - "Wyoming" by Charles E. Winter
State Tree - Cottonwood Populus sargentii
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