Jackson Hole is a 50 mile long valley - or flat "hole" in the mountains - that runs North and South along the eastern side of the Teton Mountain Range. Jackson Hole got its famous name from the legacy of the fur trappers and explorers who discovered this valley nestled beneath the grandeur of the Tetons. One trapper in particular, a man named David E. Jackson, named this area as his favorite trapping ground. Soon after, in about 1829, this area was named for him.
Town of Jackson Size: Approximately 1,801 acres
Population: 8,647 As of the 2000 Census
Elevation: Town of Jackson - 6,237 ft
Highest Point (Teton County): Grand Teton - 13,770 ft
Lowest Point (Teton County): Where the Snake River leaves southern Teton County - 5,800 ft
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State of Wyoming
Wyoming, with the motto "Equal Rights," is also known as the "Cowboy State." Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state to the union in 1890. Its 97,914 square miles make it the ninth largest state in the union, yet it is one of the least populated, with only about 493,782 residents - that's an average population density of only 5 people per square mile! The capitol city of Wyoming is Cheyenne.
How did Wyoming get its name?
The musical name "Wyoming" was used by J.M. Ashley of Ohio, who, as early as 1865, introduced a bill to Congress to provide a "temporary government for the territory of Wyoming." It was to be formed from portions of the Dakota, Utah and Idaho territories. The bill was referred to a committee where it lay idle until 1868. During debate on the bill in the U.S. Senate in 1868, other possible names were suggested, such as Cheyenne, Shoshoni, Arapaho, Sioux, Platte, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Sweetwater and Lincoln. "Wyoming" was already commonly used and remained the popular choice.
The name Wyoming was adopted from two Delaware Indian words, MECHEWEAMI-ING. To the Indians it meant "at the big plains," or "on the great plain," which are most certainly appropriate interpretations of the Wyoming landscape.
To learn more about the great state of Wyoming, visit the State of Wyoming Official Website and the Wyoming Travel & Tourism Website.