History of the Wyoming Flag
The Wyoming State Flag features a blue field with a white and red border that has a silhouette of a bison (buffalo) in the center and the Wyoming State seal in the middle of the bison.
The state seal features a liberty-statue in the center of it that is holding a staff with a banner that writes "Equal Rights." On each side of the statue is a male figure as well as a pillar with a burning lamp on the top of it. The pillar on the left has a ribbon around it that writes "Livestock, Grain" and the pillar on the right has a ribbon that writes "Mines, Oil."
The blue, red, and white colors used on the Wyoming State Flag are the same colors that are used on the Flag of the United States of America. The red color represents the native Americans who inhabited Wyoming and the blood of those who gave their lives for the state.
The white color represents the purity of Wyoming and the blue color represents the sky and mountains of Wyoming as well as justice and virility. The bison represents the fauna/animals of Wyoming as well as strength. The "Equal Rights" banner represents the equal status that the women in Wyoming have, the burning lamps on the pillars represents the "Light of Knowledge," the two male figures represent the livestock and mining industry of Wyoming, and the "Livestock, grain, mines, and oil" on the pillars are the four major industries of Wyoming.
The Wyoming State Flag was designed by Verna Keays who won the competition held by the Daughters of the American Revolution to design the new state flag. The flag was adopted on March 4th, 1917. Wyoming is a state (the least populated state) located in the mountain region of the United States of America. It shares borders with Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The capital city is called Cheyenne and is also the largest city. Wyoming was named after the Wyoming valley and originates from the word "Mecheweamiing" which translates as "land of the plains." Wyoming is also referred to as "The Equality State" as it was the first state in America that granted women voting rights. The first inhabitants of Wyoming were the Paleo-Indians. It soon became inhabited with Native American tribes which were, the Cheyenne, Arapho, Crow, Ute, and Shoshone. During the 1700s and 1800s, many countries tried to claim the area of Wyoming, which included France, Spain, Mexico, Great Britain, and America but the land was never settled, it was still inhabited by the native American tribes.
In 1803, following the Louisiana purchase from France, a large part of Wyoming was included in this and came under the control of America. The first "white" man that came to explore the area was American John Colter and the first permanent settlement that was established was Fort Laramie in 1834. Even though the land was being settled, there were still very few inhabitants or people that lived here apart from the tribes. In 1846, America gained the Southwestern region of Wyoming and in 1869, it became part of the Wyoming Territory. On July 10th, 1890, Wyoming officially became the 44th state of the United States of America.