Wyoming Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Wyoming Ethnic Groups
Today, most Wyoming residents are of northern European descent.
Several thousand African Americans are located primarily around Cheyenne.
Many Arapahoe, Cheyenne, and Shoshoni Indians live on the Wind River Reservation of west-central Wyoming (see Indians of Wyoming).
A sizable number of Finns came to work the mines in Uinta and Sweetwater counties in the late 1880s. In 1895, a group of about 600 settlers came from Iowa and Illinois to homestead reclaimed land at a place now called Emblem.
There are Hispanic groups around Rock Springs and Cheyenne.
There are small numbers of Italians in Rock Springs.
Many Irish and Mexican laborers and Civil War veterans helped build the railway. Settlers from the Midwest followed the railroad into Wyoming, and built Cheyenne, Laramie, and other towns along the route.
Wyoming Political Groups
The women's sufferage movement gained considerable attention of the nation from the late 1860's through statehood. The history of this movement gives background to the lives of women living in Wyoming during this period.
Wyoming Religious Groups
Many Idaho Mormons came into Star Valley in the 1870s and 1880s. There were Mormon colonists in the Big Horn Basin by 1895, but the main body of Mormon settlers came there as an organized group from Utah and Idaho in 1900. A helpful source of information on these settlers in the Big Horn Basin is:
Welch, Charles A. History of the Big Horn Basin. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1940. (Family History Library book 978.7 H2w; fiche 6110628).