Few People Know Northern Wyoming Almost Became Another State

Wyoming is so awesome it’s hard to imagine it any other way than it is today. What few people know is that at one time, a huge section of the Cowboy State wanted to secede and join forces with parts of two other states to form an entirely new and different state. Thankfully, the notion didn’t gain traction after an initial push by supporters. Otherwise, depending on where you live now, you might have been an “Absarokan” instead of a “Wyomingite.”

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Eventually, momentum waned, and the state was never admitted to the Union. These days, the story of Absaroka is little more than an anecdote in Wyoming’s history, with tellers of the tale chalking it up to Western quirkiness.

What other eccentric stories are in Wyoming’s past?