Granger, Wyoming

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Granger, Wyoming
Town
Granger stage station, built in 1856, on Old U.S. Route 30
Granger stage station, built in 1856, on Old U.S. Route 30
Location of Granger, Wyoming
Location of Granger, Wyoming
Coordinates: 41°35′39″N 109°58′0″W / 41.59417°N 109.96667°W / 41.59417; -109.96667Coordinates: 41°35′39″N 109°58′0″W / 41.59417°N 109.96667°W / 41.59417; -109.96667
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Sweetwater
Area[1]
 • Total 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 6,273 ft (1,912 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 139
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 142
 • Density 54.9/sq mi (21.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82934
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-32870[4]
GNIS feature ID 1589030[5]

Granger is a town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 139 at the 2010 census. It is located near the confluence of the Blacks Fork and the Hams Fork rivers. The geography of the area is flat with semi-arid scrub.

Early history: 1834–1868[edit]

Although the population has always been small, the site is located at the intersection of the Oregon Trail and the Overland Stage Trail and it was chosen for a stage coach station.[6] The station, which was built of stone and adobe in 1856, was in operation when Mark Twain passed through, and still stands today.[7] The Pony Express used this station[8] as a stopover in 1861-62. Later, in 1868, it became a stop on the railroad, which was when it started to be called Granger.[7]

The area of what is present-day Granger had significance to the mountain men who trapped in the early years of the American West. It was chosen as the site of their annual rendezvous in 1834[8] (the rendezvous was still somewhat spread out, as each supplier set up camp at different location along the river).[9] The American Fur Company, among other suppliers, were present, and American Indians and trappers traded furs for goods. Several weeks were spent recounting events from the previous year and reveling in assorted amusements, while lubricated with liquor. The records show that the event occurred at the junction of the Hams Fork and Blacks Fork rivers.[9]

Geography[edit]

Granger is located at 41°35′39″N 109°58′0″W / 41.59417°N 109.96667°W / 41.59417; -109.96667 (41.594036, -109.966607).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 139 people, 57 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.9 inhabitants per square mile (21.2 /km2). There were 72 housing units at an average density of 28.5 per square mile (11.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.5% White, 0.7% African American, 9.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.1% of the population.

There were 57 households of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 3.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the town was 39.5 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 38.1% were from 45 to 64; and 7.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 54.7% male and 45.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 146 people, 54 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 59.0 people per square mile (22.8/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 30.7 per square mile (11.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.19% White, 8.22% from other races, and 9.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.60% of the population.

There were 54 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 18.5% from 25 to 44, 33.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 116.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,563, and the median income for a family was $52,083. Males had a median income of $45,750 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,764. There were 10.5% of families and 12.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 5.7% of under eighteens and 21.1% of those over 64.

Education[edit]

Public education in the town of Granger is provided by Sweetwater County School District #2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "About Granger". Untraveled Road. 
  7. ^ a b "Granger Stage Station Historic Site". Wyoming State Parks. 
  8. ^ a b Wyoming Department of Transportation (2014). Official State Highway Map of Wyoming (Map).
  9. ^ a b "Mountain Man Rendezvous Sites". furtrapper.com. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.