Commemorating 125 Years of Statehood

Post date: Jun 30, 2015 7:13:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Wyoming! On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill that admitted Wyoming as the 44th state to the United States. 2015 marks the 125th Anniversary of this event.

The formal celebration of Wyoming’s statehood occurred July 23, 1890, and events were recounted thereafter in two Wyoming newspapers of the time, the Cheyenne Daily Sun and the Wyoming Commonwealth. The Cheyenne Daily Sun had a headline of “A GREAT DAY.”

The Wyoming State Library offers a free online exhibit to commemorate the celebration of our official statehood. Visitors can explore festivities from 1890 through archived editions of the aforementioned newspapers. You’ll find notable documents, recreated audio of the ceremony, and links to the historic Wyoming newspapers that recounted the event. Join us as we celebrate “A Great Day.”

“The Wyoming State Library is excited to present this online exhibit. With all of its pomp and circumstance, all the speeches and presentations, July 23, 1890 was a celebration of the culminating efforts, struggles, and compromises that lead to statehood,” said Thomas Ivie, Librarian. Visit the exhibit by clicking on the Statehood Exhibit tab or go to