National Geographic : 1966 Apr
WYOMING WITH ITS JAGGED PEAKS, green valleys, and sagebrush plains, Wyoming bears the indelible stamp of the Old West. Cowboys still ride the range, though they sometimes drive jeeps or helicopters. The population totals only half that of Boston, Massa chusetts. Across the open rangeland lie scores of missile launching sites, their weapons in underground con crete silos. Minerals lead the economy; Wyoming ranks fifth in petroleum production, ninth in nat ural gas. De posits of soft coal could supply the entire United Statesfor cen turies. The state's tallest mountain, Gannett Peak in the Wind River Range, rises to 13,785 feet. South of match less Yellowstone, 13,766-foot Grand Teton mirrors itself in the cool blue lakes of Grand Teton National Park. Equality State, so called because of its early adoption of woman suffrage. AREA: 97,914 sq. mi., ranks 9th. POPULATION: 340,000, ranks 49th. ECONOMY: minerals (oil, natural gas, iron, uranium), ranching (2d in U. S . in wool), farming, tourism. CLIMATE: Summer temperatures, though ranging above 100 ° F. in desert areas, are generally temperate. An average elevation of 6,700 feet results in prolonged winters. MAJOR CITIES: Cheyenne, pop. 52,000, capital (State Capitol shown below); Cas per, 45,000; Laramie, 20,000. ADMISSION: 1890 as 44th state. FKTACHROMEBY LOWELLJ. GEORGIA N.G.S.