Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 24, 2012

Wyomingites are proud of the state's firsts -- first national park (Yellowstone), first national monument (Devils Tower), first women's suffrage, first female governor, but did you know that those firsts extend to maps too?  In 1949, the Wyoming state map was the first in the country to have airbrushing that created shaded relief like you see here, making the mountains look higher than the surrounding plains.  Who knew?  I certainly didn't.


  1. I did not know that about the Wyoming map. I love to look at maps, so it's interesting to know that they didn't shade maps until 1949.

  2. Maps are another thing you and I have in common. I love looking at them, remembering the places I've been and imagining what the others are like.