Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1997


Published in Great Plains Research 7:1 (Spring 1997). Copyright © 1997 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Wyoming's average year-round wind speed of 13 mph ranks first in the nation. The last stagecoach robbery in the U.S. occurred in Yellowstone National Park in 1915. The "equality state" boasts the highest population of elk, moose, mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, and sage grouse in the United States. The state of Wyoming is larger in surface area than 50% of the nations of the world. These are a few of the intriguing details offered in this useful volume.

Wyoming: A Source Book contains a wealth of information on the "cowboy state."A retired history professor from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, Roy A. Jordan has done a superb job in gathering an abundance of material from state and federal agencies covering a multiplicity of topics. He summarizes his prodigious research in concise narratives. S. Brett DeBoer, also affiliated with Northwest College, has done splendid work with the layout, including a plethora of informative graphics, charts, and maps that vividly portray the author's findings up through 1993. The book does an excellent job comparing facets of Wyoming with those of other states, showing the state's unique characteristics and also its commonplace features.