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Wyoming facts and history plus travel and tourism information.
Wyoming is a western land of open ranges, colorful Wild West history, and resplendent scenery. The Native Americans of Wyoming's eastern plains conflicted heavily with white settlers, creating one of the wildest western regions in the country. Famous cowboys including Buffalo Bill and Butch Cassidy are among the state's toughest historical characters. Wyoming became the 44th state on July 10, 1890.
Today, Wyoming is prized for its wildlife and National Parks. Bears, wolves, and coyotes, as well as elk, moose, and bald eagles live here among a sparse human population. Sure-footed bighorn sheep graze on the Bighorn Mountains' rocky ledges, while coyotes howl in the sagebrush thickets of Thunder Basin National Grassland. Yellowstone National Park boasts several geysers, including Old Faithful, while Devils Tower and the Grand Teton Mountains mark the horizon. Several historic trails trek through Wyoming, including the California Trail, Oregon Trail, and Overland Trail. Tourists to Wyoming can also choose to ski, fish, ride horses, or go whitewater rafting.
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