History Of Wyoming

08/11/2014

Lets get this out first.  Wyoming is not named after the state!  The first house in the area of Wyoming, Ohio today was built by the Pendery family in 1805.  Three events help Wyoming's population grow in the early to mid 1800's.  The building of Springfield Pike in the early 1800's brought people in the area.  The Miami-Erie Canal was completed in the late 1820's in neighboring Lockland.  Development in around the canal started in the Mill Creek Valley.  Many of those factory workers chose to build their homes in Wyoming.  In 1851, a railroad was completed along the Wyoming-Lockland border, which brought more building of homes in the area.  In April 1861, Colonel Robert Reily held a meeting to name the village.  The name Wyoming was selected because it reminded residents of a beautiful spot in Pennsylvania that was called Wyoming.  The village was incorporated in 1874.  The local leaders were very progressive and by the 1890's the town had a water works, sewers, an electric plant, and school buildings..  In 1946, a master plan was adopted by the village.  Three years later, Wyoming became a city when the population past 5000.  Wyoming's population has remain fairly staple the last 30 years.  Today there are around 8400 people in the city.

Wyoming school district has 3 elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The high school use to be in the middle school building but moved to a new building in 1967.  A new addition was added in 1999. There are just under 2000 students in the district.  Wyoming schools have consistency been not only one of the top districts in Ohio, but one of the best nationwide in academics.

Some interesting Wyoming facts... Tracy Smith, a Wyoming grad, is a CBS news correspondent. David Payne, also a Wyoming grad, won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing in the 110 hurdlers.  Another grad, Deena Deardruff, a swimmer, was on a gold medal 4 x 100 team in the 1972 Olympics.