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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.

Hot Springs County, Wyoming

Hot Springs County Education, Geography, and History

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Hot Springs County is a county located in the state of Wyoming. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,812, making it the second-least populous county in Wyoming. Its county seat is Thermopolis. The county is named for the hot springs located in Hot Springs State Park.

Etymology - Origin of Hot Springs County Name

Named for hot springs at Thermopolis in that county.


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Hot Springs County History

Hot Springs County was organized in 1911.

Hot Springs County is located in the central part of Wyoming. It is located 125 miles from Yellowstone Park. There are three incorporated towns in the County. They include Thermopolis, Kirby and East Thermopolis. Thermopolis is the County seat. Hot Springs County has a population of approximately 5,000 and contains 2006 square miles which makes it the smallest county in the State. It is the home of the "World`s Largest Mineral Hot Springs" in beautiful Hot Springs State Park.

The County offers ample opportunity for recreation. Golfing, tennis, fishing, bowling and horseback riding are all available. Swimming pools are open all year. Tourists and residents can travel through beautiful Wind River Canyon, visit the petroglyphs west of Thermopolis or take part in a dinosaur dig at the world famous Wyoming Dinosaur Center.


Nestled among the foothills of the Owl Creek Mountains and resting beside the Big Horn River lies Thermopolis, Wyoming. It is renowned for its World's Largest Mineral Hot Spring and beautiful surroundings. The Big Horn Springs are located throughout Hot Springs County.

For outdoor recreation and family fun, Thermopolis, Wyoming is a year around haven for anyone who enjoys nature at its most spectacular.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,006 square miles (5,196 km2), of which, 2,004 square miles (5,190 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) of it (0.12%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Washakie County, Wyoming (east)
  • Fremont County, Wyoming (south)
  • Park County, Wyoming (northwest)


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