Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Research

Wyoming

Here are five things you might not have known about Wyoming, the Equality State.

1. In 1869, Wyoming became the first territory to grant suffrage to women.

2. J.C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902.

3. Although Wyoming ranks 10th in the nation in size, it ranks 50th in population.

4. Wyoming is home to most of Yellowstone, the country’s first national park. Parts of the park are also in Idaho and Montana.

5. An especially severe winter killed thousands of cattle in “the Great Die-Up” of 1886-1887.

Want to learn more? Check out our latest state research guide. Not from Wyoming, you can see all of the state guides we’ve created so far here.

About Juliana Smith

Juliana Szucs Smith has been working for Ancestry.com for more than 16 years. She began her family history journey trolling through microfilms with her mother at the age of 11. She has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

1 Comment

Lynne Taylor 

LOVE that Wyoming has been researched by Juliana! My great grandfather migrated to US from Germany in the latter part of 1800s. According to his daughter, my grandma Rosina, he was a harness maker who didn’t know a word of English and literally walked across the United States following cattle drives until he came to the Powder River Basin. Recognizing an awesome thing of nature when he saw it !! he settled there just as the railroad was being built through the state. When the school teacher arrived (Emma Hoover, a distant relation to the Herbert’s and J Edgar’s to come) he had learned enough English to woo her and thus was born my grandma and great Uncle Otto. Wyoming is the unsung state but full of staunch, determined and hardworking folks like my ancestors and I totally appreciate when it gets some recognition. Thanks Juliana!

August 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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