And here is the a definitive Top 10 list of Casper and Wyoming ‘fun’ facts; who says a Blog can’t be educational…?
- Ex-Vice President, Richard (Dick) Cheney and wife Lynne Cheney were reared in Casper. Yes, ‘reared’ as in cattle (the web’s word, not mine). I think it is rather apt. So check out these guys instead…
- In 1924 more oil was shipped by rail from Casper than any other place in the world.
- The Cutthroat Trout is the state fish of Wyoming. The state reptile is the Horned Toad. And the state dinosaur(!) is the Triceratops. Fascinating.
- Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field.
- Casper is the second largest city in Wyoming with a population of 55,000. That’s about the size of Loughborough, for those of you who tend to use the East Midlands as a scale reference point.
- The city proper was founded by developers as an anticipated stopping point during the expansion of the Wyoming Central Railway. Prior to that it was a trading post.
- The dialling code for Casper is ‘307’.
- According to the 2000 census, German descendents form the dominant part of the populus (24%), followed by ‘Others’ (typically Hispanic and Afro-American, according to my source…13%), English (12%, yay!) and Irish (11%).
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- Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869.
And, you lucky people, two bonus facts…
- Wyoming has the lowest population (576,412) of all 50 United States.
- I’m going to Casper, Wyoming!