Trends In Wyoming

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Throughout the history of Wyoming, there have been many trends that seem to occur. These trends do not happen just one or two times throughout the statehood of Wyoming but rather have happened even more so. Some popular trends that seem to occur are women’s equality, boom and bust, transportation, and the building of forts. The first trend that occurs in Wyoming’s history is women’s equality. Wyoming is known as the “Equality State” because of the rights women have enjoyed here. In 1869 Wyoming, when it was a territory before its statehood, was the first government in the world to grant "female suffrage" by giving women the right to vote. In February of 1870, the Mother of Women Suffrage in Wyoming, Ester Hobart Morris became
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The booms and busts include towns as well as some industries such as cattle, mining, and the rail road. The first one that comes to mind is the cattle industry. The cattle industry had its peak in 1885-1886. The problem with the cattle industry is that the cattle kings began monopolizing the industry and corruption started happening. Once corruption started happening, the cowboys stopped taking care of cattle. Without care of the cattle the winter of 1886-1887 killed a large majority of cattle and was a killer to the industry. Along with the cattle industry another industry that had a major boom and bust was the Mining industry. The mining industry had a slow start, but eventually picked up. Once the industry had picked up there were major labor issues such as the Rock Springs Massacre. After the Rock Springs Massacre the gold rushes began. There was a small rush in South Pass City. Although there was a high demand for gold there was a lowered supply of gold. After the lack of gold there was a major bust in the Mining Industry. Another industry that had its boom and bust was the railroad industry. After the completion of the transcontinental railroad, rail road towns were struggling as well as many employees were struggling to find jobs. The Union Pacific began mining coal on land grants they had, as well as trying to monopolies because they controlled transportation. As you can see the …show more content…
In the summer of 1842, Mountain Man Jim Bridger said he was building a trading post. From its beginnings as a trading post, Bridger's "fort" matured into a modern military post. It later turned into the town of Fort Bridger, the only town in Wyoming with roots to the Oregon Trail. Ft. Casper’s military post evolved from the Mormon Ferry Post and, after the 1,000 foot log bridge crossing North Platte River. The post was named after Casper Collins who was killed while protecting a supply train from an Indian attack. Ft. Laramie was the most significant outpost on the Oregon Trail. It was established as a trading post in 1834 by fur traders William Sublette and Robert Campbell. The U.S. military purchased the Fort in 1849 as a base to protect and supply the growing immigration on the trails. These trends have occurred over Wyoming’s history many times. Many of these things have happened over 3 times. It surprises me that there are multiple trends that occur more and more often in the somewhat young

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