Emblem, Wyoming

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Emblem
Unincorporated community
Emblem is located in Wyoming
Emblem
Emblem
Emblem is located in the US
Emblem
Emblem
Location within the state of Wyoming
Coordinates: 44°30′21″N 108°23′30″W / 44.50583°N 108.39167°W / 44.50583; -108.39167Coordinates: 44°30′21″N 108°23′30″W / 44.50583°N 108.39167°W / 44.50583; -108.39167
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Big Horn
Elevation 4,449 ft (1,356 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 82422
GNIS feature ID 1609087[1]

Emblem (also Germania or Liberty Bench) is an unincorporated community in western Big Horn County, Wyoming, United States. The community has an official population of 10 although the surrounding rural area increases the number to over 100.[2] It lies along the concurrent U.S. Routes 14, 16, and 20, west-northwest of the town of Basin, the county seat of Big Horn County.[3] Its elevation is 4,449 feet (1,356 m).[1] Although Emblem is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 82422.[4]

History[edit]

Emblem was founded in 1896 when Solon Wiley's Big Horn Basin Development Company brought irrigation to the Emblem Bench.[5] Lutheran Germans Settled there. The area now known as Emblem was once called Germania Bench after a settlement of German Lutherans arrived to farm the land.[6] The name became a subject of Anti-German sentiment during the first World War and the surrounding communities demanded that it be changed. Specifically, the community was told that the new name should be an "emblem of liberty." Accordingly, the name was changed to Emblem and the area was often referred to as "Liberty Bench."

Education[edit]

Public education in the community of Emblem is provided by Big Horn County School District #3. The district has three campuses – Greybull Elementary School (grades K-5), Greybull Middle School (grades 6-8), and Greybull High School (grades 9-12).

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