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What is a Place Name?

A place name is defined as the name of a geographical locality, region or some other part of the earth's surface. Another name for a place name is toponym. Toponymy is the scientific study of toponyms, their origin and history. More about toponymy can be found in this article from the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

What is the best way to search Wyoming Places?

Wyoming Places allows users to search by name, feature, county, and by browse.  For more information, scroll down to Helpful Tips.

What web browsers work best for Wyoming Places?

Most web browsers will view Wyoming Places, but Google Chrome or Firefox work best.

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Helpful Tips

Search by Name

From the Wyoming Places map, enter a keyword in the "Name" field of the search tool. You can limit the search by county but it's not necessary. Wyoming Places isn't case sensitive. For example, typing rAiLrOAD or railroad will return the same results. You can also search by feature type. For example, if you want to find all the locales in Park County, type locale and limit the search to Park County.

Type the name of the place and click the search button. You'll get a screen that lists the places that you searched. You may get multiple results. You can narrow them by using the "Limit Search Results" in the left column.

To get more information about the place you searched, click on its name. You can also "Find it on the Map". The map display will provide a link to additional information about the place.

Browse by Feature

To view features, use the Feature Type drop-down filter menu in the left rail of the map. Choose the feature you're interested in and the map automatically updates. To view the information about a particular place, click the icon. Zoom in to see some features as they can overlap.

When you first view the map, you'll see icons. These represent Wyoming's counties, the state and the Wind River Indian Reservation. If you click on one of the county icons, the county is highlighted and the information about it appears on the screen. Click on the pins to get information about the Wind River Indian Reservation or Wyoming.

Other tips for viewing Wyoming Places Maps