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 the user to Search by name or feature. For more information, go to tips.
What is the best resolution to view Wyoming Places?
It's highly recommended that Wyoming Places is viewed in 1024 x 768 or higher. To adjust your monitor properties go to Control Panel and click on display; a menu should pop up. Click the settings tab. Under Screen Resolution slide the adjuster bar to either 1024 x 768 or a higher resolution and then click the OK button or Apply button to view changes.
What web browsers work best for our wiki?
Most web browsers will view Wyoming Places but Google Chrome or Firefox work the best.
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Helpful Tips on how to Search this Website
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
The Wyoming Places Map contains a lot of information; let it have time to load.
Wyoming Places is best viewed in Google Chrome or Firefox.
Options to view the map are on the blue bar in the upper left corner of the map You can browse using the aerial view or change to the road view by clicking "road" in the upper left corner of the map. You can turn labels on or off. You can zoom in or out using the + or – buttons or the roller on your mouse.
Want more tips? Here's a webinar on using the Wyoming Places Map (34 minutes).
Browse by County
This link takes you to a page that gives you a short history of Wyoming and its name. It also includes a map with links to Wyoming's counties and the Yellowstone National Park. When you click on a county, a link will appear. Click on it to view information about that county. The county page also includes a link to "places" of that county. Each page also includes a link to the place on the Wyoming Places Map.