Celebrating Wyoming’s 125th with 13 Famous Firsts

Celebrating Wyoming’s 125th with 13 Famous Firsts

Devil's Tower: The First National Monument

With Wyoming’s 125 birthday coming up this Friday, we put together a list of things Wyoming is famous for. Although Wyoming may have been one of the last states to join the union (44th), it is still known for many famous firsts.

Female Firsts

Women first gained many new rights and positions in Wyoming. That is why one of the names for Wyoming is the equality state.

First Women to Vote: Wyoming’s first territorial Governor, John A. Campbell, signed a bill on December 10, 1869 making Wyoming the first state to grant women the right to vote.

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Nellie Tayloe Ross
Nellie Tayloe Ross

First Woman Justice of the Peace: Esther Hobart Morris was appointed on February 17, 1870 in South Pass City as the first woman justice of the peace.

First All Woman Jury: The first all woman jury was sworn in on March 7, 1870 in Laramie.

First Woman Bailiff: Martha Symons Atkinson of Albany County was appointed the first woman bailiff in the world in 1870.

First woman delegate at a Republican National Convention: In 1900, Frances Warren of Wyoming was the first female delegate to attend the Republican National Convention.

First Town in America to Be Governed Entirely by Women: The city of Jackson had a woman mayor, town council and town marshal from 1920 to 1921.

First Woman Governor in the U.S.: Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected to complete her husband’s term after he died during his term. She served from 1925 to 1927.

First woman to head the U.S. Mint: In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Nellie Tayloe Ross as the first woman to head the U.S. Mint, a position she held for 20 years.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Other Famous Firsts

Wyoming is not just known for its equality. It has a few other firsts under its belt.

First National Park: President Ulysses S. Grant made Yellowstone the first national park on March 1, 1872.

First National Forest: President Benjamin Harrison designated Wyoming’s Shoshone forest as the first national forrest in 1891.

First JC Penny Store: The first JC Penny store opened in Kemmerer, Wyoming on April 14, 1902.

First Dude Ranch: The first dude ranch in the world was setup in Wolf, Wyoming in 1904.

First National Monument: President Theodore Roosevelt designated Devils Tower as the first national monument in the U.S. on September 24, 1906.