By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 25, 2022) – In Issue 2022-128 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the popularity (if not population) of wide-open spaces.


The Wyoming Territory was created by the US Congress on this day in 1868.

Is it in wild and wide-open space, kind of middle of nowhere?  Not so fast.   This land was obviously part of various Indian Nations, and parts of it were claimed at various points by England, France, Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas.  A bit later parts or all of it were claimed by the Territories of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Dakota, and Nebraska.

The population grew from about 9,000 at the Territory formation to about 62,000 when Wyoming became a state in 1890.  The population mushroomed to 567,000 or so currently.

The Wyoming flag is adorned by a buffalo or bison.

This state houses much of Yellowstone and also Devils Tower.   So Wyoming is the home to a super volcano and an alien landing site (in the movies).

Here is a Mitchell map from 1876 of the Territories of Wyoming, Nebraska, Dakota, Montana, and Colorado..

Territories of Wyoming, Nebraska, Dakota, Montana, and Colorado – 1876

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