A gazetteer is a dictionary of place names. Gazetteers describe towns, villages, churches and states, rivers and mountains, populations, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published and often their former names. The place names are generally listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary.
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about a town, such as its:
Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
Longitude and latitude.
Distances and direction from other from cities.
Schools, colleges, and universities.
Denominations and number of churches.
Major manufacturing works, canals, docks, and railroad stations.
Some helpful gazetteers of Wyoming which have been published include:
- Urbanek, Mae. Wyoming Place Names. 1974. Reprint, Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1988. 978.7 E2u 1988.
- Wyoming, Named Localities, Railroad Sidings, Discontinued Post Offices. N.p.: 1962. FHL Film 874300 item 10.