Hot Springs County, Wyoming

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Hot Springs County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. As of 2000, the population was 4,882. Its county seat is Thermopolis.[1] The county is named for the hot springs located in Hot Springs State Park.

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History

Hot Springs County was organized in 1911.[citation needed]

In the 2008 United States presidential election, Hot Springs County was the only county in the entire Mountain West outside of Arizona where John McCain beat George W. Bush's percentage of the county vote from the 2004 election.[2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,006 square miles (5,195.5 km2), of which 2,004 square miles (5,190.3 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.12%) is water.

Hot Springs County includes the southern portion of Wyoming's Big Horn Basin, and is surrounded by mountains. Most of the Wind River Canyon, with the Owl Creek Mountains on the west and Bridger Mountains on the east is in Hot Springs County, while the Bighorn Mountains ring the east portion on the county and the Absaroka Range is to the west. A eastern-most portion of the Shoshone National Forest lies within the county.[citation needed]

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