- Big Piney, Wyoming
official_name = Big Piney, Wyoming
nickname = Ice Box of the Nation
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Big Piney is a town in Sublette County,
Wyoming, United States. The population was 408 at the 2000 census.
Big Piney is located at coor dms|42|32|23|N|110|6|55|W|city (42.539768, -110.115350)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.
Big Piney is the oldest settlement in Sublette County. It was founded in 1879, when rancher Daniel B. Budd and his partner Hugh McKay came with a thousand head of cattle from Nevada hoping to ship them, but got caught instead in severe winter weather in the Green River Valley. The following year, Dan Budd relocated his family to what is now known as Big Piney.
Sometimes known as the "Ice Box of the Nation," Big Piney has the coldest year round average temperature of any place nationally. [http://www.sublette.com/community/bigpineypage.htm Sublette County Big Piney Page]
Cattle and oil have traditionally been its two primary industries.
In 1987, actress
Glenn Closeco-produced a documentary about the vanishing cowboy of the American West, entitled, "Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys?" The film focused on several generations of cattle ranching families in Big Piney, originally shown as part of the PBS television series, "The American Experience." It was narrated by actor Robert Redford.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 408 people, 161 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 1,055.3 people per square mile (403.9/km²). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 496.6/sq mi (190.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.53% White, 0.98% Native American, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.
There were 161 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,346, and the median income for a family was $50,833. Males had a median income of $41,964 versus $18,750 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $17,647. About 10.2% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.townofbigpiney.com Town of Big Piney]
* [http://sublettechamber.com Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.bigpiney.com Local area information]
* [http://www.sublette.com Sublette County information]
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