Wyoming, The Cowboy State
Home to a couple of National Parks, most famously Yellowstone. The state’s main agricultural commodities is beef, hence the “Cowboy State”, with hay, sugar beets, wheat & barley rounding out the field. However, Wyoming has made a bit more of it’s name for itself lately with natural gas mining and tourism.
With the lowest total population of a state in the U.S., just about anywhere you go will feel like rural America. With only 8% of the state not classified as rural, even the most populous cities are smaller than most suburban towns in major metropolitan areas.
Despite all that, the high plains and mountains that make up this state are breath-taking and make the long drives between towns awe-inspiring at times. With the vast expanses between towns (seriously don’t forget to fill up if you have less than a quarter tank of gas) it’s almost impossible not to have a brief conversation when stopping at just about any local fast food, or convenience store since chances are someone just arrived from where there were few people.
Truly one of my favorite states to visit and I’d be lying if I said I never thought about buying land and living here when I retire.
Lost Americana is about telling the stories of the people who live in rural America.
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