There's a reason why Wyoming has the largest concentration of Sage Grouse on the planet. It's all about the sagebrush, and there is plenty of that dietary staple of the Sage Grouse, right here in the Cowboy State. They are commonly called sage hens, or sage chicken, but it's the Sage Grouse that we're talking about here.
The Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, on the western outskirts of Cheyenne, Wyoming, bears his name. Of course the famous base actually kept the name of Fort Warren, which was once Fort Russell. Fort Russell was re-named Fort Warren in 1929, upon the passing of Francis E. Warren. And Warren Air Force Base became Warren Air Force base in 1947.
From a distance, it has the look of a man-made city skyline. And it took its name because of the resemblance to the ancient Holy City of Jerusalem. This Holy City, is located high on a ridge, just off State Highway 20, between Cody, Wyoming, and the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
It's known by many as simply, "U-Dub". And from its very beginning this great place has been a source of Wyoming pride and joy. The University of Wyoming is the Cowboy State's only baccalaureate-granting institution of higher learning. And UW is unique in that Wyoming is the only state in the Union with just one 4-year college.
The Coyote may not be the "top dog" in Wyoming, that tag more than likely belongs to the wolf. And that's probably because the wolf is bigger, a more imposing wildlife figure. But the Coyote is just as plentiful here in the Cowboy state, and their populations can be found in every corner, and in between, in Wyoming.
For such a legendary endeavor, it's hard to believe it only had a life of 18 months. The Pony Express lasted all of a year-and-a-half, and would prove to be a financial failure. But back in 1860, it was a news making step into the future of speedier mail delivery that had the appeal of the adventure of the western frontier.
It's one of the best-known archaeological sites in America. It's origins are often debated, but it's somewhat mysterious existence is so much a part of its charm, and fascination. Medicine Wheel is perched on the western peak of Medicine Mountain, at 9,600 feet in elevation, east of Lovell, in north-central Wyoming. This natural plateau serves as the landscape for Medicine Wheel, a stone wheel, some 75-feet in diameter, with 28 different rock spokes that branch-out from a central point.
The very first Wyoming State Legislature convened in this magnificent structure in November of 1890. It was just months after Wyoming became the 44th state in the Union, when lawmakers gathered at the Wyoming State Capitol Building. And it was the foresight of Territorial Governor, Francis E. Warren, who began the process of creating a Territorial Taj Majal, four years before in 1886. Governor Warren was acting on the authorization of the 9th Territorial Legislature, who mandated the construction. Warren appointed a five-member commission to purchase a site in Cheyenne, and to start taking bids. And this new home of Wyoming government would have to be built at the astronomical cost of no more than 150—thousand dollars.
The mighty Grizzly Bear calls the Yellowstone Ecosystem home, at least that's where you'll see the biggest population in Wyoming. And it's here where the most eastern population of Grizzly Bear in America will be seen. At one time, back in 1803, it was estimated that 50-thousand Grizzlies roamed the land. But today, the Grizzly Bear is an endangered species, with about 14-hundred remaining in the wild.
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