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
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.
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 thatWyoming 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.
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 believethat 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.
Indian Paintbrush(Castilleja linariaefolia) Adopted: January 31, 1917
Bison Adopted:February 23, 1985
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:2003State 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
License plates in the State of Wyoming feature the “Bucking Horse”, which originally appeared on the plates in 1936. The number on the farleft of the license plate represents the county from which the plate was issued. The numbers were assigned to counties according to theirtotal county property valuation.