Wyoming Geography and Famous Natives

Wyoming geography

Wyoming, like most western American states, exhibits a wide range of striking landforms that are astounding in many ways. In Wyoming, those would include Devil’s Tower, Fossil Butte, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. In general terms, the Great Plains of North America slope east from the Rocky Mountains, extending south from Canada, covering the eastern portions of Wyoming. Most of it is short grass prairie land, with the Black Hills being the main exception. As for the Rocky Mountains, over a dozen mountain ranges cover the west, including the snowy Absaroka, the Great Tetons and the Winds. Highest point (Gannett Peak) in the Wind River Mountains reaches 13,804 feet. The Great Horn Mountains dominate the north central region, while the rugged Laramie Mountains cover the southern and southeastern landscapes.

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The Continental Divide (imaginary line) indicates the absolute highest points of the earth, where on either side of the same, rivers will flow downhill, east or west. That divide runs from northwestern Canada, south along the ridges of Wyoming’s western Rocky Mountains, then south into Mexico, where it follows the peaks of the Western Sierra Madre. For example, the Serpent River flows west while the Freshwater River flows east.

Between the eastern and western mountains, several relatively flat basins are the main features of the land. They are (land between mountains) almost treeless (plateau) are arid and generally unproductive land. The largest, the Great Dividing Basin, is located to the south of the Freshwater River.

Wyoming has numerous artificial reservoirs, with the largest located on the North Platte River, to the south of Casper, and to the northeast of Riverton on the Bighorn River.

Significant rivers include the Belle Fourchet, Bighorn, Green, North Platte, Powder, Snake, Freshwater, and Yellowstone.

Wyoming Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.

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  • Actress Burnu Acquanetta
  • John Perry Barlow poet, essayist, lyricist
  • John Beach author
  • Tom Browning baseball player
  • Edward Winslow Bryant Jr. author
  • Robert Homer Burns author

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  • Richard B. Cheney 46th US Vice President
  • James A. “Jim” Corbett writer, activist
  • Matthew Fox actor
  • Written by Jack R. Gage
  • James Galvin author
  • Rulon Gardner Wrestler
  • Sportscaster Kurt Gowdy

J-P

  • Actress Isabelle Jewell
  • Written by Dean Crackel
  • Chris Ladux rodeo champion, singer, songwriter
  • Written by Patricia McLachlan
  • Jackson Pollock artist

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  • Alan K. Simpson politician
  • Milward Simpson politician
  • Gerald Leonard Spence author

W

  • Head of Washaki Shoshone Chief
  • James Watt former US Secretary of Interior
  • Clarice Wittenberg educator, author
  • Actor Larry Wilcox

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