Dubois, Wyoming

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Dubois (pronounced /ˈduːbɔɪz/ DOO-boyz, see below) is a town in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 962 at the 2000 census, although it nearly doubles in the summer with many part-time residents.

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Geography

Dubois is located at 43°32′9″N 109°38′9″W / 43.53583°N 109.63583°W / 43.53583; -109.63583 (43.535936, -109.635915)[3] and an elevation of 2115 m (6940 ft). The Wind River runs through the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it is land and 0.38% is water.

History

Dubois, Wyoming was originally known as Never Sweat due to its warm and dry winds. However, the postal service found the name Never Sweat unacceptable so Dubois was accepted, named after Fred Dubois, an Idaho senator at the time. [1] In protest, the citizens of Dubois rejected the French pronunciation, instead opting for Du, with u as in "Sue"; bois, with oi as in "voice". The accent is on the first syllable.[4]

The first occupants of the mountains and valleys surrounding what is now Dubois were members of the Sheepeaters, a group of Mountain Shoshone, who included the Wind River area in their regular annual migrations from the Great Plains through the mountains of Yellowstone and beyond.[5] The Wind River Valley surrounding Dubois contains numerous remnants of these people who lived in the area for many hundreds of years before they were relocated into a nearby reservation.[5][6] Relics of their existence in the mountains and valleys around Dubois include numerous prehistoric petroglyphs, hunting traps and blinds, and stone tepee circles.

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