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Whats In A Wyoming Name

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Did Wyoming Town Once Vote To Change Its Name to Led Zeppelin, Wyoming?

This morning, I was looking up a story about the legendary Led Zeppelin and I stumbled across a doozy.  According to a web article titled "10 Little Known Facts About Led Zeppelin", a small town in Northwestern Wyoming once voted to change its name to Led Zeppelin, Wyoming.

This was news to me.  In fact, I had never even heard of Meeteetse, Wyoming before. So I did a

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Buffalo Wyoming
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Buffalo

It’s tempting to think that the Johnson County seat is named for the mighty bison, but it wasn’t.

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Ivinson Ave
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Ivinson Avenue

Born of English parents in the Virgin Islands, Edward Ivinson decided to seek opportunity in the West and arrived in Laramie at the age of 38 to sell dry goods in a log building.

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Fremont County
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Fremont County

They called him The Pathfinder. John C. Fremont headed west in 1842 on a mission to map the Oregon Trail, and he made the first thorough exploration of South Pass, guided by mountain man Kit Carson.

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Converse County
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Converse County

In 1867, a 25 year old from Massachusetts, Amasa Converse, arrived in Cheyenne and set up shop selling hardware and home furnishings.

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Fort Bridger
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Fort Bridger

They called him the Daniel Boone of the Rockies. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jim Bridger became one of the West’s leading mountain men.

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Worland
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Worland

The locals called him “Dad,” and in 1900, C.H. Worland – originally from Missouri -- opened the first post office and stage station on a spot along the Bridger Trail.

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Jackson
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Jackson

Born into a prominent Virginia family, David Jackson came to the Rockies when he was 33 and was soon teamed up with two other mountain men in the booming fur trade.

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David Street - Casper, Wyoming
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – David Street

Many Wyoming places are named for the wealthy and powerful. Edward David worked for one of them – Joseph Carey, one of the state’s first US senators and governors.

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Farson Wyoming
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Farson

Wyoming’s early history is dominated by people who believed the young state could grow and prosper.

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Casper Wyoming
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Casper

In 1865, a 20-year-old cavalryman, Caspar Collins, had just been promoted to second lieutenant at Fort Laramie.

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Laramie
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What’s In A Wyoming Name? – Laramie

In 1815, a young French Canadian named Jacques La Ramee came to what’s now southeastern Wyoming.

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