Torrington, Wyoming

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Torrington is a city in and the county seat of Goshen County, Wyoming, United States.[3] The population was 5,776 at the 2000 census.

Former Governor Stanley K. Hathaway was born in Nebraska but resided in Torrington.

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History

The city was founded by W.G. Curtis and named by him for his home town of Torrington, Connecticut. Originally a watering and coaling station Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), the blossoming town soon became the main source of civilization for nearby residents. With a post office (established in 1889) and several businesses, it became a central area of trade for that region of Wyoming. The town site was surveyed April 21, 1900 by Ashland B. Smith of the Lincoln Land Company of Nebraska, and in June the land was sold to its residents for one dollar by the president of the real estate extension of the CB&Q. Torrington was incorporated in 1908.

When Goshen County was created from part of the northern end of Laramie County in 1911, Torrington and Lingle competed for the title of county seat. Torrington was eventually selected after its residents raised enough money to build the courthouse, which was constructed in 1913.

Geography

Torrington is located at 42°4′0″N 104°10′57″W / 42.066667°N 104.1825°W / 42.066667; -104.1825 (42.066542, -104.182471)[4].

The city is situated on the North Platte River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²). Its elevation is 4104 feet, 1251 meters.

Torrington has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk).

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