Wamsutter, Wyoming

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Wamsutter is a town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 261 at the 2000 census.

The original inhabitants of the area were the Shoshone and Ute tribes. Westerners did not really settle in the county until the coming of the railroad in the 1860s.[3] Originally, the town was known as Washakie. Confusion with nearby Fort Washakie prompted an 1884 name change to Wamsutter, after a Union Pacific bridge engineer.[4]

The town, which bills itself as "The Gateway to the Red Desert" is located along Interstate 80 between Rawlins and Rock Springs, on the easternmost border of Sweetwater County. The natural gas industry has had a lot of influence on Wamsutter in recent years. Both in employment opportunities in the area, and by contributing to the community directly.[5]

Wamsutter is the largest settlement, and the only incorporated town in the Great Divide Basin.



Wamsutter is located at 41°40′15″N 107°58′39″W / 41.67083°N 107.9775°W / 41.67083; -107.9775 (41.670839, -107.977457)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 261 people, 100 households, and 65 families residing in the town. The population density was 198.7 people per square mile (76.9/km²). There were 148 housing units at an average density of 112.6/sq mi (43.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.87% White, 0.77% Native American, 3.07% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.03% of the population.

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