Hello everyone, once again, I'm a little late to bringing this weeks WW2 effects. Today I have in my opinion one of the juiciest states in this series thus far.....Wyoming. Now I know what you're thinking, "Wyoming is the smallest populace state in the nation! How on earth is it relevant and important to WW2?!" Well I'll get to that, I've been to Wyoming a handful of times, to Cheyenne, Jackson Hole, and Yellowstone. It's a beautiful state, and is among one of the most unique in the union. Enjoy!! Previous WW2 effects: Michigan- http://ww2f.com/threads/ww2-effects-michigan.70729/ Wyoming Pre-WW2 In 1940, Wyoming had a population of just 250,000 people, that is only 20,000 larger than Gilbert, Arizona (the town I live in). Wyoming before WW2, in the mess that was the Great Depression, was struggling mightily. The state's economy was 100% reliant on agriculture and Mineral mining. Unfortunately for Wyoming, the dust bowl nearly destroyed half of the states agricultural capabilities, and sent a few thousand citizens in an already people needy state, far far away. Coal and petroleum mining was the states only real export outside of agriculture, with the Depression in full swing, this seriously restricted the states ability to grown and diversify. The states unemployment rate was at a gut wrenching 11% in 1940, meaning almost 26,000 people in the state had now way of making money at all, the lack of industry and corporate business in the state meant that mining, or farming was the only way to survive. Things were looking pretty bad for Wyoming, and it seemed like there was no way out of the ever widening hole of depression. Wyoming WW2 Right before WW2 began, two USAAF bases were built in Casper and Cheyenne. Even before WW2 started, Wyoming and the rest of the nation was preparing for the struggle to come. In Cheyenne, the states first factories were built and a small but, effective industrial base was formed just in time. After Pearl Harbor, Wyoming was in position to help in the fight. They also were ready to detain the Japanese-Americans suspected of being unfaithful and incapable of fighting for the U.S against their ancestral home. Heart Mountain "Relocation Center" is where 11,000 American citizens were wrongfully detained because of their heritage, in the cold and barren Wyoming plains. Citizens weren't the only imprisoned peoples in the state, more than 3,000 German and Italian POW's called Douglas POW camp home for more than two years. Fort Warren was a major stopping point for military supplies traveling from the East to West, and West to East. Along with being a transportation hub, it also took part in training exercises and general training for U.S Troops. Casper AAF trained B-17 and B-24 pilots to fly and fight in the war. for those of you who aren't familiar, Wyoming's weather isn't always prime for flying, and at 10,000 feet is pretty damn cold. Wyoming's coal deposits helped fuel the steam engines needed to transport supplies and men across the continent, and it's petroleum was heavily relied upon as well. Wyoming's agriculture was also beginning to make a comeback, and was able to get back on it's feet, and feed it's people, and the troops. Wyoming's small industry helped make the small but needed item's, gas cans, oil drums, tires, propellers, and even boots. Wyoming Post WW2 After 4 long years of conflict, Wyoming had survived the Great Depression, and took on the worlds deadliest war. 35,000 of the state's small population served in the war, and 652 were subsequently killed. The state's resources, and people were exhausted, but the time for rest did not last long before Wyoming began to finally grow economically and population wise. Wyoming's geography has ultimately been the state's reason for success, even today. With it's rich coal and petroleum deposits, Wyoming is exporting huge amounts of energy, and bringing in lots of cash. Tourism has been a major part of the economy thanks to Wyoming's gorgeous Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National parks (I've been to both, simply incredible). Today Wyoming is still a relatively small and restricted state, but it is on it's way to becoming a better functioning and more successful home. Now there are 580,000 people in the state, so after 75 years, it's still really small, but population doesn't matter as much as the drive and determination of the people, something Wyomingite's definitely have.