10 Reasons to Move to Wyoming
There’s a lot to see and experience when it comes to the flat plains and rolling hills of Wyoming. This western state, like many in its region, is home to a lot of history and folklore alike. Wyoming also offers a lot to its residents like top ranking schools, amazing sights and outdoor adventures, great shopping, and more. Saddle up, we’ve compiled some interesting facts about the great state of Wyoming for you.
We might as well start off with the one thing we’re sure your mind gravitated towards first. According to Wyomingites, there’s nothing evil about Devil’s Tower, in fact, it was America’s first national monument. This monolith is a scenic site for outdoor adventure lovers worldwide. The theory of the tower’s formation is that Yellowstone National Park’s (also in Wyoming) super volcano had something to do with it. The underground magma from the volcano mixing with other rocks eventually led to this eye-catching natural beauty’s creation.
The University of Wyoming is located in the town of Laramie. This land-grant university is situated between the scenic Laramie and Snowy Range mountains and offers students the option of post-secondary degrees in law, health sciences, education, and more. Furthermore, the school offers programs in life sciences, environmental sciences, and natural resources – elements that are key to Wyoming’s economy and the state’s conservation efforts.
Yes, Laramie is a great Wyoming town. If you live in this out-West state, we’re sure you’re familiar with the many bars, saloons, and former speakeasies that are native to the “Cowboy State.” Well, Laramie is true to its roots. Coal Creek Tap offers local beer and whiskey on tap, and if you’re in the mood for another type of brew, the Coal Creek brand also operates the Coal Creek Coffee Company.
Wyoming wouldn’t be a western state without its Wild West antiquity, that’s why the town of Kaycee is such a gem. The Hole-in-the-Wall Outlaw Hideout was the old stomping grounds for famous outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jesse James, and more. This area in the Big Horn mountains of Wyoming was a stop on the outlaw trail. Some of the most notorious train, bank, and stagecoach robbers, as well as murderers and thieves, were known to take refuge in this hard-to-find spot.
Ok, enough of the Wild West references, there’s more to Wyoming than outlaws. In fact, Wyoming is also a great state for retail therapy. The Eastridge Mall is the largest shopping mall in Wyoming. The mall has over 50 stores and food chains ranging from high-end to low-end retailers.
Back to the Wild West (Editor- we tried, but we couldn’t get enough,) Lander’s Bar originally opened in 1908 as a saloon. The saloon operated as a hotel, brothel, and a boardinghouse in its lifespan but since 1993, its been a bar. The bar offers select beer on tap and has a variety of local beers and whiskey. If you’re looking for the spirits of Wyoming’s Wild West past, you’re sure to find them at Lander’s Bar.
The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is frequently voted the number one ski resort in North America. This independently-owned resort has a long, rich history in the “Cowboy State.” It consists of two mountains with over 2,000 acres of in-bounds terrains. For those looking for an adventurous getaway, state of the art airlifts, and 459″ inches of snowfall per year, JHMR has you covered.
With antiquity dating back to 1917, this museum has compiled all that you need to know about the west and its named after William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, an American cowboy, actor and icon. There is also a Cody Firearms Museum, Native Plains Indians Museum, and a Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center. If you’re visiting Yellowstone National Park, be sure to include this center in your itinerary.
If you can’t get enough of this scenic state, check out the Bighorn Medicine Wheel. This mysterious configuration is shrouded in folklore and myths. Situated in Medicine Mountain, these ring-shaped rock formations called medicine wheels are found throughout the U.S. Their origins lie within Native American rituals. The mystery around Bighorn’s wheel is that it’s believed to have been built 300-800 years ago and was used to predict planetary positions and the summer solstice. Today, its regarded as one of the most well-studied and most well-researched medicine wheels.
Last but not least, a fabled city that should be on your radar if you’re looking to settle in this Great Plains state is the town of Sheridan. Riddled with tall tales, the Mint Bar doesn’t disappoint. Known during the days of prohibition as a legendary speakeasy, the Mint Bar was a meeting spot for outlaws, ranchers, cowboys, and more. The bar attracts people far and wide. It’s a unique place; from its cedar shingles lining the bar with cattle brands pressed into them to its expansive array of vintage photographs all over the interior of the bar, this is one spot you have to see to believe!