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A Diamond in the West

The Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains here, and what a meeting it is! The least populous of all states, Wyoming’s home to breathtaking mountain ranges and the mother of all playgrounds, Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Tourism and agriculture thrive, as does mineral extraction, with natural gas, crude oil, diamonds, Uranium and Trona—a rare mineral used in manufacturing glass, paper, soaps and pharmaceuticals—important commodities. But coal, hauled largely by freight rail, reigns supreme: Wyoming produces more than anywhere else in the nation.