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Wyoming became the 44th state to join the Union on this date in 1890. Its history reflects the larger story of the West — beginning with early exploration by fur trappers. For many years, the area was the Wyoming territory — carved out of the Dakota, Idaho, and Utah territories. It was an important route for settlers and gold miners moving west, for the Pony Express and the overland stage. Wyoming is called the Equality State — noting that it was the first to give women the right to vote — in 1869. When Wyoming joined the Union, it was home to 63,000 settlers. Today, the population is 576,000 — the smallest in the nation. You can find current data on the country’s economy by downloading the new “America’s Economy” mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.