Highway Designated "Wyoming Women's Suffrage Pathway"

May 18, 2018

Secretary Buchanan and Wyoming Department of Transportation Director Bill Panos attended the fabrication of the “Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway" highway signs at the Wyoming Department of Transportation's sign shop.
Credit Wyoming Secretary of State's Office

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Secretary of State Ed Buchanan, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation will designate a 19 mile stretch of Highway 28 in Fremont County as the "Wyoming Women's Suffrage Pathway."

The event is part of an initiative by a specially-appointed Governor's Council to recognize the 150th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in Wyoming - the first place in the United States and the world where women achieved suffrage.

Secretary Buchanan said the location of the marker, a few miles from South Pass City, is special because of the history there.

"1870 is when Esther Hobart Morris became the first woman to hold public office as a justice of the peace in South Pass City. So that's kind of where that began," Buchanan said.

Karla Stackis, with the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office, said during the 2018 legislative session, a law was passed to recognize the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Pathway.

"So it is in the books just as the actual first legislation was for women's suffrage. So we think it's a wonderful benefit, and we couldn't be more happy," said Stackis.

The event is May 22, starting at 11 a.m., and is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception and tours of historic South Pass City.