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Some Things You Did Not Know About Wyoming

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The Rocky Mountains and vast plains of Wyoming are a great place to call home.Wyoming has a rich heritage and beautiful landscapes that are some of the country's best-kept secrets. Here is a list of fun facts about Wyoming to help you get to know the Equality State a little better.

Wyoming was the First State to Grant Women's Suffrage

In 1869, territorial legislators William Bright and Edward M. Lee proposed a bill to grant women the right to vote in Wyoming. The legislators had noble motives, but a desire to bring more publicity and women (there were only 1000 women to 6000 men in 1869) also probably helped the bill to pass. Wyoming was also the home of Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman to be elected governor.

Wyoming is Home to the First Official National Park

Yellowstone National Park was established by congress in 1872. The park is one of Wyoming's most beautiful natural resources and is the home of Old Faithful and Steamboat Springs, which is the tallest geyser in the world. Yellowstone is home to more geysers than any other geyser field in the world.

Kemmerer, Wyoming is the Fossil Fish Capital of the World

Kemmerer, an old-fashioned Western mining town has over 100,000 fish fossils and is home to several fossil galleries and museums. Kemmerer is near Fossil Butte National Monument, a 50 million year-old lake bed, rich in fossils. Kemmerer is also where J.C. Penny stores got their start.

One of the Fastest Land Mammals in the World Lives in Wyoming

The pronghorn is second only to the cheetah in speed, and is the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere. The pronghorn can run up to 55 miles per hour! The pronghorn nearly went extinct in 1915, but today the pronghorn's population numbers are stable.