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Name Derivations of Wyoming Counties

From the Wyoming Historical Blue Book, pp. 1163-1170
Compiled by Statewide Information Services, Wyoming State Library

ALBANY --- Named by a former resident of Albany, New York, who was a member of the Dakota Legislature. Named before Wyoming became a territory.

BIG HORN --- Named for the Big Horn or Rocky Mountain sheep, which were numerous in that part of the country in the early days.

CAMPBELL --- Named for John A. Campbell, first governor of the territory of Wyoming. Served 1869-1875. Named also for Robert Campbell, who was with Ashley's expedition in this part of the country from 1825 to 1835.

CARBON --- Named for the vast coal beds in the county.

CONVERSE --- Named for A. R. Converse, a Cheyenne banker and stockman.

CROOK --- Named for General George Crook, soldier and Indian fighter.

FREMONT --- Named for General John Charles Fremont, pathfinder and explorer.

GOSHEN --- From the biblical "Land of Goshen", for the rich, fertile lands and plentiful water. Also said to have been named for a French trapper, Gosche.

HOT SPRINGS --- Named for hot springs at Thermopolis in that county.

JOHNSON --- Named for E. P. Johnson, a lawyer of Cheyenne.

LARAMIE --- Named for Jacques La Ramie, French-Canadian trapper, who was killed by the Indians near what was later Fort Laramie.

LINCOLN --- Named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

NATRONA --- Named for the natron, or soda deposits in the county.

NIOBRARA --- Takes its name from the Niobrara River. Niobrara, from the Omaha Indian language, signifies "flat" or "broad" river.

PARK --- Named for Yellowstone National Park.

PLATTE --- Takes its name from the North Platte River. Platte from the French "plate", meaning "dull" or "shallow", a term singularly applicable to this stream.

SHERIDAN --- Named in honor of General Philip Sheridan of Civil War fame.

SUBLETTE --- Named for William L. Sublette, pioneer fur trader.

SWEETWATER --- Named for Sweetwater River.

TETON --- Named for the Teton Mountains. Indians called them Tee-win-ot, three pinnacles. French trappers applied the name "Les Trois Tetons".

UINTA --- Named for the Uintah Mountains, which in turn were named for the Uintah Indians.

WASHAKIE --- Named for Chief Washakie of the Shoshoni Indian Tribe in Wyoming.

WESTON --- Named for John B. Weston, whose activities and influence brought the railroad into that section of Wyoming.

 

Created by Statewide Information Services, Wyoming State Library
Created June 1997, page last updated February 2003