Wyoming became the 44th state of the United States on Jul. 10 1890. It ranks 10th in terms of total area among the 50 states of the United States. Wyoming’s economy depends mainly on tourism and the extraction of mineral commodities such as coal, natural gas, oil, and trona. Barley, hay, livestock, sugar beets, wheat, and wool are agricultural commodities. Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote and run for office and the first state to elect a female governor. Wyoming’s constitution was approved by a vote of the territorial population on Nov. 5, 1889, although Wyoming was not admitted to the Union until 1890.
In the first two decades of the 20th century, the state’s population nearly doubled to 194,531. Much of the growth was due to the discovery and drilling of oil, which centred on the town of Casper. Nevertheless, the Great Depression of the 1930s resulted in significant decreases in oil and coal prices, increasing Wyoming’s unemployment rate. Many people left the state in search of work.
Below are some fascinating historical photos that will take you back to the 1900s Wyoming.