Wyoming Facts and Symbols


   Capital  Cheyenne
   Nickname  Big Wyoming, Cowboy State, Equality 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 of the 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
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 Bucking Horse

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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

Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Butterfly

(Callophrys sheridanii)

Adopted: 
July 1, 2009







State Code

Code of the West

Adopted:
July 1, 2010




State Song

Adopted: February 15, 1955

Lyrics 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 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                                              




State Capital, Nickname, Motto, Date Admitted to the Union, Size, Annual Precipitation, Population and other information.