Wyoming Becomes 44th U.S. State
As a passageway to the West, thousands of people passed through Wyoming in the mid-1800s, yet few stayed. It was a site of fierce fighting and legislative firsts long before it became a U.S. state.
Most of Wyoming became part of the U.S. following the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The rest was acquired in 1845. The large number of settlers traveling through Wyoming to the West alarmed local Native Americans and conflicts erupted intermittently until 1876.
During this time, gold and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad began to draw settlers to remain in Wyoming. It was made a territory in 1868 and passed the first law allowing women to vote, hold office, and serve on juries the following year. Wyoming celebrated another first in 1872, hosting America’s first National Park – Yellowstone. Continue reading