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The Medicine Wheel.  (PD-USGOV)
The Medicine Wheel. (PD-USGOV)
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Medicine Wheel

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.

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The Wyoming State Capitol Building.  (Wikipedia/Matthew Trump)
The Wyoming State Capitol Building. (Wikipedia/Matthew Trump)
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The Wyoming State Capitol Building

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.

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A Grizzly Bear.  (PD-USGOV)
A Grizzly Bear. (PD-USGOV)
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The Grizzly Bear

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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Hell's Half Acre.  (Wikipedia/Jeff Goetz)
Hell's Half Acre. (Wikipedia/Jeff Goetz)
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Hell’s Half Acre

Hell's Half Acre is an interesting piece of land right smack-dab in the middle of the Cowboy State, 45-miles west of Casper, Wyoming. It's a place that is rich in history, and stark, yet spectacuar, in appearance. Hell's Half Acre is now a public park, a 320-acre tract of colorful canyon walls, eroded rock formations, and rugged towers, spires, and caverns. There's the historical stretch of prairie that drops into a chasm, a perfect trap for buffalo droven off the cliffs by Native American tribes for centuries.

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Visitors on Inspiration Point;Photographer unknown;1961
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Inspiration Point

This is one of those Wonders of Wyoming that will leave you both breathless and speechless. And it truly is inspirational. Inspiration Point is located inside another Wonder, Yellowstone National Park, and on the bank of another Wonder of Wyoming, Yellowstone River. And right downriver from another Wonder, Lower Falls, where Inspiration Point provides a spectacular view of, yes, another Wonder of Wyoming, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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A Meadowlark.  (Wikipedia/Kevin Cole)
A Meadowlark. (Wikipedia/Kevin Cole)
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The Meadowlark

The Meadowlark is the Wyoming State Bird. This tiny little songbird is most often seen in the grasslands of the Cowboy State, but it truly is a statewide Wonder. And more often than not, they will accompany you with a song. They love to perform, whether it's on a fence post or a tree limb, the Meadowlark isn't shy about making noise.

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Inter-Ocean Hotel, 1877.  (wyomingtailsandtrails.com).
Inter-Ocean Hotel, 1877. (wyomingtailsandtrails.com).
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Inter-Ocean Hotel

It's one of those Wonders of "days gone by". But during the final years of the Wyoming Territory, and the fledgling years of Statehood, this was a well-known social center in Cheyenne. The Inter-Ocean Hotel was built by African-American caterer, Barney L. Ford, in 1875. Ford gave his creation its simple name, referring to its location between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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The Irma Hotel.  (Wikipedia)
The Irma Hotel. (Wikipedia)
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The Historic Irma Hotel

This is one of those beautiful man-made Wonders, only this Wonder of Wyoming, was built by a Wonder of Wyoming. Buffalo Bill himself, William F. Cody, created this famous hotel in Cody, Wyoming, of course, in 1902. Buffalo Bill was the most well-known Wyomingite of the times, and the great showman and entrepreneur had visions of building a trail of hotels from Cody to the east entrance of Yellowstone Park. And the Irma Hotel was his most-treasured, named for his daughter, Irma Cody Garlow.

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Steamboat Mountain, overlooking the Killpecker Dunes.  (Wikipedia/Randy C. Bunney, Great Circle Photographs)
Steamboat Mountain, overlooking the Killpecker Dunes. (Wikipedia/Randy C. Bunney, Great Circle Photographs)
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Killpecker Dunes

This vast expanse lies north of Rock Springs, Wyoming, but it really doesn't lie, it's actually ever-changing, always on the move. These are the Killpecker Dunes, the largest active dunes in North America. These dunes are the second-largest in the world, runner-up to the Sahara Desert.

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