At the time of statehood, Congress granted Wyoming approximately 4.2 million acres of federal lands to support public education and various state institutions. Under the Wyoming Act of Admission, the state received sections 16 and 36 within each township “for the support of common schools.” It also received roughly 590,000 additional acres for an agricultural college, various state penal and public health institutions, the state capitol, and other public buildings (Wyo. Act of Admission, secs. 6, 8, 10, 11).1 In the event that any of these lands were unavailable...
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