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Powell, WY

Quick Facts
  • Elevation 4365
  • Population 5288
  • In 1994 Powell was one of 10 American communities to earn the title "All-American City." Powell's economy is based on agriculture, education, and oil production.
  • Powell officially incorporated in 1910. It started as Camp Coulter, headquarters for the Shoshone Reclamation Project, the first federal reclamation program in Wyoming.
  • Water stored in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir provides irrigation water for the agricultural lands surrounding Powell. The area annually receives less than 8 inches of precipitation.
  • In 1939, Powell was the focus of national and international attention during a nine day manhunt for fugitive Earl Durand, who was finally killed while robbing First National Bank of Powell.
  • Northwest College was founded in 1946. It was the second of Wyoming's seven community colleges.
Powell, WY photo
Powell, WY photo
Powell, WY photo