Wyoming Facts & Figures


Capital ...............................................................................Cheyenne

Nickname................Big Wyoming, Equality State, Cowboy State

Motto............................................................................ “Equal Rights"

Admitted To Union....................................July 10, 1890-44th State

Size....................................97,914 square miles, 9th largest state

Highest Point..........................................Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet

Lowest Point....................................3,100 feet Belle Fourche River

Average Annual Precipitation.........................................14.5 inches

Population (2010 Census)...................................................563,626




State Flag

The Wyoming State Flag, designed by Mrs. A.C. Keyes of Casper (formerly Miss Verna Keays of Buffalo), was adopted by the fourteenth legislature on January 31, 1917. The Great Seal of Wyoming is the heart ofthe flag. On the bison, once the monarch of the plains, is the seal representing the custom of branding. The colors of the State Flag are the same as those of the National Flag. The red border represents the Indian; also the blood of the pioneers who gave their lives reclaiming the soil. White is the emblem of purity and uprightness over Wyoming. Blue, the color of the sky and mountains, is symbolic of fidelity, justice and virility.





State Seal



The Great Seal of the State of Wyoming was adopted by the second legislature in 1893, revised by the sixteenth legislature in 1921.

The two dates on the Great Seal, 1869 and 1890 commemorate the organization of the Territorial government and Wyoming's admission to the Union. The draped figure in the center holds a staff from which flows a banner bearing the words, "Equal Rights," and symbolizes the political status women have always enjoyed in Wyoming. The male figures typify the livestock and mining industries of the state. The number 44 on the five-pointed star signifies that Wyoming was the 44th state admitted to the Union. On top of the pillars rest lamps from which burn the Light of Knowledge. Scrolls encircling the two pillars bear the words, Oil, Mines, Livestock, and Grain, four of Wyoming's major industries.




State Symbol
Bucking Horse & Rider


The State of Wyoming's first use of the Bucking Horse and Rider (BH&R) mark dates back to 1918, perhaps earlier. The BH&R was used as an insignia worn by members of the Wyoming National Guard in France and Germany during World War I. Some believe that the BH&R is representative of a legendary rodeo horse named "Steamboat" dating back to the early 1900's. One of the best known bucking horses of all time, Steamboat was known as "the horse that couldn't be ridden."  In 1936, Wyoming's unique license plates containing the BH&R made their debut. During that same year, the State obtained a copyright for the mark. Between 1936 and 1995, the BH&R's use by Wyomingites and the State of Wyoming was continuous and extensive.



State Flower

Indian Paintbrush(Castilleja linariaefolia)
Adopted: January 31, 1917




State Mammal

Bison (Bison bison)
Adopted: February 23, 1985




State Bird

Meadowlark (Sturnella Neglecta)
Adopted: February 5, 1927




State Tree
Plains Cottonwood
(Populus sargentii)
Adopted: February 1, 1947
Amended: 1961




State Gemstone

Jade
(Nephrite)
Adopted: January 25, 1967




State Fish
Cutthroat Trout
(Salmo clarki)
Adopted: February 18, 1987




State Reptile
Horned Toad
(Douglassi brevirostre)
Adopted: February 18, 1993




State Fossil

Knightia
Adopted: February 18, 1987




State Dinosaur
Triceratops

Adopted: March 18, 1994




State Coin
Golden Sacajawea Dollar

Adopted: March 2, 2004





State Sport
Rodeo

Adopted: 2003




State Grass
Western Wheat Grass

Adopted: 2007




State Insect

Callophrys sheridanii, commonly known as Sheridan's green hairstreak butterfly, is the state butterfly of Wyoming
Adopted: July 1, 2009





State Code

Code of the West
Adopted: July 1, 2010



Wyoming State Song

Adopted: February 15, 1955
Lyric by C.E. Winter
Music by G.E. Knapp



                I



In the far and mighty West,

Where the crimson sun seeks rest,

There's a growing splendid State that lies above,

On the breast of this great land;

Where the massive Rockies stand,

There's Wyoming young and strong, the State I love!

            Chorus

Wyoming, Wyoming! Land of the sunlight clear!

Wyoming, Wyoming! Land that we hold so dear!

Wyoming, Wyoming! Precious art thou and thine!

Wyoming, Wyoming! Beloved State of mine!

               II

In the flowers wild and sweet,

Colors rare and perfumes meet;

There's the columbine so pure, the daisy too,

Wild the rose and red it springs,

White the button and its rings,

Thou art loyal for they're red and white and blue,

               III

Where thy peaks with crowned head,

Rising till the sky they wed,

Sit like snow queens ruling wood and stream and plain;

'Neath thy granite bases deep,

'Neath thy bosom's broadened sweep,

Lie the riches that have gained and brought thee fame.

               IV

Other treasures thou dost hold,

Men and women thou dost mould,

True and earnest are the lives that thou dost raise,

Strength thy children thou dost teach,

Nature's truth thou givest to each,

Free and noble are thy workings and thy ways.

                V

In the nation's banner free

There's one star that has for me

A radiance pure and splendor like the sun;

Mine it is, Wyoming's star,

Home it leads me near or far;

O Wyoming! All my heart and love you've won!





License Plates


License plates in the State of Wyoming feature the "Bucking Horse", which originally appeared on the plates in 1936. The number on the far left of the license plate represents the county from which the plate was issued. The numbers were assigned to counties according to their total county property valuation.





1.Natrona

2.Laramie

3.Sheridan

4.Sweetwater

5.Albany

6.Carbon

7.Goshen

8.Platte

9.Big Horn

10.Fremont

11.Park

12.Lincoln

13.Converse

14.Niobrara

15.Hot Springs

16.Johnson

17.Campbell

18.Crook

19.Uinta

20.Washakie

21.Weston

22.Teton

23.Sublette