Meeteetse, Wyoming

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Meeteetse, Wyoming
Town
Motto: "Where Chiefs Meet"
Location of Meeteetse, Wyoming
Location of Meeteetse, Wyoming
Coordinates: 44°9′21″N 108°52′8″W / 44.15583°N 108.86889°W / 44.15583; -108.86889Coordinates: 44°9′21″N 108°52′8″W / 44.15583°N 108.86889°W / 44.15583; -108.86889
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Park
Area[1]
 • Total 0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
 • Land 0.87 sq mi (2.25 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,751 ft (1,753 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 327
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 330
 • Density 375.9/sq mi (145.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 82433
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-51720[4]
GNIS feature ID 1591459[5]
Website Town of Meeteetse, Wyoming

Meeteetse is a town in Park County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 327 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

The town’s name is derived from the Indian term for "meeting place."[6]

Geography[edit]

Meeteetse is located at 44°9′21″N 108°52′8″W / 44.15583°N 108.86889°W / 44.15583; -108.86889 (44.155954, -108.869022).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.87 square miles (2.25 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 327 people, 153 households, and 94 families residing in the town. The population density was 375.9 inhabitants per square mile (145.1/km2). There were 177 housing units at an average density of 203.4 per square mile (78.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 153 households of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the town was 51.3 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16% were from 25 to 44; 35.1% were from 45 to 64; and 23.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 351 people, 151 households, and 94 families residing in the town. The population density was 428.7 people per square mile (165.3/km²). There were 188 housing units at an average density of 229.6 per square mile (88.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.15% White, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 151 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,167, and the median income for a family was $31,953. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,030. About 5.8% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public education in the town of Meeteetse is provided by Park County School District #16. Meeteetse School, a K-12 campus, serves the town.

Attractions[edit]

On State Street, the main road in town, is retail shop of the Meeteese Chocolatier, which sells gourmet chocolate to fans around the world. The business was created by saddle bronc rider Tim Kellogg as a way to make money when he needed to buy a new saddle. Kellogg continues to make every single item in his store, resulting in small batches with unusual flavors like Coor's or mesquite truffles.[8]

There are a number of museums in Meeteetse, including the Charles Belden Museum of Western Photography, the Meeteetse Museum, and the First National Bank Museum. The Belden Museum features the photographs of Charles Belden, mostly taken in the 1920s and 1930s. The Meeteetse Museum showcases the history of Meeteetse and the surrounding area and includes exhibits on the endangered black-footed ferret, the Meeteetse Mercantile, the Forest Service Cabin, and local ranch families and cowboys. The Bank Museum is located in the old First National Bank Building, this building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has recently undergone restoration. The Bank Museum features photography and other art exhibits throughout the year, in addition to artifacts from the bank's past.

Nature[edit]

Meeteetse was where the last known wild population of black-footed ferrets was discovered in 1981. All black-footed ferrets today are descended from these animals.[9]

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. ^ "Profile for Meeteetse, Wyoming, WY". ePodunk. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ Park County Travel Council. "CORRIE N. CODY SALUTES THE MEETEETSE CHOCOLATIER!". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ Saving a Species, Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, 2005-01-20. Accessed 2008-08-23.

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