There are twenty-three Counties in the state of Wyoming. There were originally five Counties in the
Wyoming Territory: Laramie and Carter, established in 1867; Carbon and Albany established in 1868; and Uinta, an
annexed portion of Utah and Idaho, extending from Montana (including Yellowstone Park) to the Wyoming-Utah
boundary. On July 10, 1890, Wyoming was admitted to the Union with thirteen counties.
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Crook County was organized in 1875. It was named for Brigadier General George Crook, a commander during the Indian
Crook County is a place of beautiful diversity and breathtaking scenery. Many residents describe the area as
"living in a postcard." Great snow, hunting, scenery, and people make the area one of the great "undiscovered"
secrets of the old West.
The Crook County seat, lies at the foot of the Sundance Mountain, so named because the Sioux Indians held their
councils and religious ceremonies at a place called Wi Wacippi Paha, or Temple of the Sioux. It is believed that
Harry Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid, assumed his nickname in Sundance during his 18-month sentence
for horse stealing
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,871 square miles (7,435 km2), of which,
2,859 square miles (7,404 km2) of it is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) of it (0.42%) is water.
Devils Tower National Monument is located in Crook County.