The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper (01:46), home of Fort Caspar (01:06), and Cheyenne (01:15), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining operations (02:15) harvest the coal deposits. Timber (02:33) and agriculture are two other major industries. Wyoming’s primary crops are potatoes and sugar beets. Climate makes raising turkeys common in Wyoming, but sheep (04:00), horses (04:57), and cattle are also prominent livestock. The “cowboy” lifestyle of ranching has led to the rise of Dude Ranches (05:08), where city dwellers can experience life on a ranch. Other popular activities for locals and visitors alike are taking pack trips into the Bighorn Mountains (06:08), hiking the Tetons in Jackson Hole (06:28), and taking in Devil’s Tower (06:45). However, Wyoming’s most famous attraction is Yellowstone National Park (07:12), with its abundance of wildlife, waters, and geysers—including the world-famous Old Faithful (07:32).
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