In July 1890, the 41st state was admitted to the Union of the United States of America. Located in the western part of the country amidst mostly mountain ranges, Wyoming is the 10th largest state by size at nearly 98,000 square miles. However, it is the least populated with a little more than 500,000 residents. Wyoming is host to the Big Horn Mountains, the Black Hills, and Gannett Peak, its highest elevation at 13,804 feet.
With mostly mountains and the High Plains to the east, Wyoming is served by only three interstate highways and seven U.S. highways. Natrona County International Airport in Casper is the largest in the state, although there are 9 county and regional airports as well.
Wyoming has a rich Native American history with original settlers including Crow, Arapaho, Lakota, and Shoshone Indian tribes. Tourist attractions include Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, Devils Tower and Fossil Butte national monuments, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail.
The climate in Wyoming is semi-arid, drier and windier than most western states with temperatures of 85-90 degrees in the summer. Although, in the higher elevations, summer highs can reach only 70 degrees and it can get down to 50 degrees at night. The winters in Wyoming are variable with some extreme cold but generally mild periods.
The major industry in Wyoming is mining, despite the fact that 48% of the land is owned by the government. Coal, natural gas, crude oil, and uranium are among the major mining products. The state capital is Cheyenne, which is the largest city in Wyoming with a population of nearly 60,000.