Wyoming State Motto
The Wyoming State Motto
The Wyoming motto was adopted in 1955 and is:
The Meaning of the Wyoming State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the deep conviction of all Americans adhering to the principles of equality regardless of gender, color or creed. The motto reminds people that the women of Wyoming were granted the right to vote in 1869, long before they were given the national right to vote in 1913. The motto is depicted on both the flag and Great Seal which also features the goddess Nike, the spirit of victory, the pillars of justice supporting a lighted lamp, signifying the light of knowledge. The farmer and miner typify the livestock and mining industries.
The Origin and Meaning of the Wyoming Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Wyoming, are referred to as Wyomingites. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:
The Equality State and the Suffrage State
The official nickname of Equality together the Suffrage nickname alludes to innovative actions of Wyomingites granting women the right to vote in 1869. The term 'suffrage derives from the Latin word from ' suffragium' meaning "support, vote, right of voting".
The Cowboy State
The Cowboy nickname is a tribute the greatest folk hero in American history - the Cowboy. Cattlemen, the original cowboys, pushed herds of cattle into Wyoming territory over the Oregon cattle trail. Cattle drives required about one man to each drive between 250-350 head of cattle. In 1892 the Johnson County War was fought between small settling ranchers against larger established ranchers and ended in a massive shootout between local ranchers, hired killers and a sheriff's posse. The United States Cavalry were eventually called in to end the war of the cowboys. This event has contributed to the legends and myths of the Wild West.
The Park State
The Park is a reference to the breath taking beauty, spectacular scenery and wildlife found in the thousands of acres that make up Wyoming’s 13 state parks.
The Wonderland of America
The evocative phrase the 'Wonderland of America' is another reference to the diversity and scenic beauty of Wyoming.
The Constitution of Wyoming
The constitution of Wyoming establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:
"We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution."
Preamble of the Constitution of Wyoming
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