Portal:Wyoming

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Wyoming Portal

Flag of Wyoming.svg
Map of USA WY.svg
Wyoming counties map.png

Wyoming is a state in the western region of the United States of America. The easternmost section of the state is a region known as the High Plains due to its altitude above sea level, while the majority of the state is dominated by the mountain ranges and rangelands of the Rocky Mountain West. Wyoming is the least populous U.S. state. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 515,004 in 2006, a 4.3% increase since 2000. The capital and the most populous city of Wyoming is Cheyenne.

The region known today as the state of Wyoming was originally inhabited by several Native American groups. The name Wyoming is derived from the Delaware (Munsee) name xwé:wamənk, meaning "at the big river flat", originally applied to the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. Although French trappers may have ventured into the northern sections of the state in the late 1700s, John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was probably the first white American to enter the region in 1807. His reports of the Yellowstone area were considered at the time to be fictional. Robert Stuart and a party of five men returning from Astoria discovered South Pass in 1812. The route was later followed by the Oregon Trail. In 1850, Jim Bridger located what is now known as Bridger Pass, which was later used by both the Union Pacific Railroad in 1868, and in the 20th century by Interstate 80.

Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho. It is the tenth largest state in the United States in total area and is made up of 23 counties. From the north border to the south border it is 276 miles (444 km); and from the east to the west border is 375 miles (603 km).

The Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. The state is a great plateau broken by a number of mountain ranges. In the northwest are the Absaroka, Owl Creek, Gros Ventre, Wind River and the Teton ranges. In the north central are the Big Horn Mountains; in the northeast, the Black Hills; and in the southern region the Laramie, Snowy and Sierra Madre ranges.

The climate in Wyoming is generally a semi-arid continental climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) which is drier and windier in comparison to most of the United States with temperature extremes.

Selected article

Fires approach the Old Faithful Complex on September 7, 1988.

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 together formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park, USA. Starting as many smaller individual fires, the flames spread quickly out of control with increasing winds and drought and combined into one large conflagration, which burned for several months. It was finally extinguished by moist weather in the late fall. A total of 793,880 acres (3,213 km2), or roughly 36 percent of the park was affected by the wildfires.

Thousands of firefighters fought the fires, assisted by dozens of helicopters and airplanes which were used for water and fire retardant drops. At the peak of the effort, over 9,000 firefighters were assigned to the park. With fires raging throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and other areas in the western United States, the staffing levels of the National Park Service and other land management agencies were inadequate to the situation. Over 4,000 U.S. Military personnel were soon assisting in fire suppression efforts. The fire fighting effort cost $120 million. No firefighters died while fighting the fires in Yellowstone, though there were two fire-related deaths outside the park.

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 were unprecedented in the history of the National Park Service, and many questioned existing fire management policies. Media accounts of mismanagement were often sensational and inaccurate, sometimes wrongly reporting that most of the park was being destroyed. While there were temporary declines in air quality during the fires, no adverse long-term health effects have been recorded in the ecosystem. Contrary to initial reports, few large mammals were killed by the fires, though there has been a reduction in the number of moose which has yet to rebound. Losses to structures were minimized by concentrating fire fighting efforts near major visitor areas, keeping property damage down to $3 million.

Selected biography

Barbara Lynn Cubin (born November 30, 1946) is a departing Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, having served since January since 1995 as the sole member of that body from Wyoming. In the 109th Congress, she was a member of the House Resources Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In the wake of the Democratic takeover of Congress in the 2006 elections, Cubin was relegated to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as a Member of both the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. She is the first woman elected to Congress from Wyoming.

Categories

Selected picture

Lower Yellowstone Fall-1200px.jpg
Lower Yellowstone Fall
Photo credit: Daniel Mayer

Wyoming News

  • May 27, 2010: Head of U.S. Minerals Management Service resigns
  • May 4, 2010: Proposed merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines would create world's largest airline
More Wyoming news...
More United States news...
More World news...

Featured content

State facts


State symbols:

Lists

Things you can do


Here are some tasks awaiting attention:

Related WikiProjects

Main topics

Attractions: Grand Teton National ParkYellowstone National ParkDevils Tower National MonumentFossil Butte National Monument

Cities: Metro AreasCasperCheyenneCodyEvanstonGilletteGreen RiverJacksonLaramieRawlinsRivertonRock SpringsSheridanWorland

Culture: Music

Education: Higher EducationList of high schools in Wyoming

Geography: Black HillsGreat BasinPowder River Country

Government: EconomyJudicial systemLegislaturePoliticsState Capitol

History:

People: WyomingitesGovernors of Wyoming

Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsLutheran Church - Missouri Synod

Sports: Casper RockiesWyoming Cavalry Wyoming Cowboys

Statistics: Population

Transportation: Wyoming state highway systemInterstate 25Interstate 80Interstate 90U.S. Highway 14U.S. Highway 16U.S. Highway 20U.S. Highway 30U.S. Highway 26U.S. Highway 89U.S. Highway 191U.S. Highway 287

Related portals

Associated Wikimedia

The following Wikimedia Foundation sister projects provide more on this subject:

Wikibooks
Books

Commons
Media

Wikinews 
News

Wikiquote 
Quotations

Wikisource 
Texts

Wikiversity
Learning resources

Wikivoyage 
Travel guides

Wiktionary 
Definitions

Wikidata 
Database

Wikispecies 
Species

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Portal:Wyoming&oldid=694116461"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Wyoming
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Portal:Wyoming"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA