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5 Fun Facts About November 6 In Wyoming History

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1. Wyoming became a state.

On November 6, 1869, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Wyoming as the 44th state. Wyoming was the first United States state to grant women the right to vote and the first to elect a female governor.

2. The Wyoming Territory was established.

On November 6, 1868, the United States Congress created the Wyoming Territory. The territory was carved out of the Dakota, Idaho, and Utah territories and was an enormous expanse of land that included parts of modern-day Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

3. A fatal flood occurred in Casper.

On November 6, 1978, a deadly flood struck Casper, Wyoming and surrounding areas. The North Platte River overflowed its banks, causing widespread flooding that destroyed homes, businesses, and infrastructure. 14 people lost their lives in the disaster.

4. The town of Garfield was renamed.

On November 6, 1908, the town of Garfield, Wyoming was renamed to Kemmerer. The town was renamed in honor of Moses Kemmerer, a wealthy investor who had acquired a large portion of the town's mineral rights and helped develop the local coal industry.

5. A famous gunslinger was born.

On November 6, 1854, the infamous gunslinger William "Billy the Kid" Bonney was born in New York City. While not directly related to Wyoming history, Billy the Kid is a well-known figure in the American West and his legend has persisted to this day.
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