About Wyoming

Wyoming History & Life

Wyoming's Rich HistoryThe City of Wyoming has a long and proud history, incorporated in 1959 from Wyoming Township.  Today, Wyoming is Michigan's 16th largest community with west Michigan's third largest industrial tax base. The City has grown to over 72,000 residents with a diverse cultural base, seven school districts, a balance of older and modern homes, retail variety and an abundance of parkland.

Wyoming History - Archives and Research

The City of Wyoming Archives and Historical Collections are maintained by the Wyoming Historical Commission. These extensive collections serve to preserve and document the rich history and heritage of the surrounding community.

The archives are home to hundreds of photographs, regional maps, genealogical and government records, artifacts, and other items that help to tell the story of Wyoming's past, from prehistory to the present. The collections have been inventoried and protected with archival guidance for public study, including research of local history, genealogy and related topics.

Available Materials Include:

  • Extensive Genealogical Records
  • City Government Records of Wyoming Township, prior to 1959 and City to date
  • Business and Family Records
  • Church and Neighborhood Histories
  • Aerial and Plat Maps
  • Obituaries
  • Census Records of Several Counties
  • School Records - Year Books, Board Minutes and Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Artifacts
  • (Further Contributions Gratefully Accepted)

Visit the Historical Room

Wyoming Public Library 
3350 Michael Ave. SW 
Wyoming, MI 49509
(616) 261-3508 (Leave message for return call)

Historical Room Hours 
Open first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wyoming Historical Commission

The City of Wyoming Historical Commission was organized to preserve, protect and acquire objects and data of importance to the City. The commission is dedicated to fulfilling this mission through the many services it currently provides for the residents of Wyoming and surrounding communities:

  • Local History Archives, Wyoming Public Library 
  • Regular Public Programs and Lectures
  • Ongoing Research and Documentation
  • Providing Local History Publications
  • Partnering with Schools and Educators

Historical Commission Public Education

Historical Commission - Public EducationAs a way to serve the community and to promote the history of Wyoming, the Wyoming Historical Commission occasionally hosts presenters, speakers and performers to present a diverse variety of history related topics.

Most presentations are free of charge and are of interest to all ages including adults, families, as well as teachers and students.

Past topics have varied from life in the Civil War to the current preservation of the Norton Burial Mounds, a nationally registered historic site in the City of Wyoming.

Most programs are presented at the Wyoming Public Library. If you are interested in seeing a specific topic presented or would like to recommend a presenter or inquire about upcoming programs, please call us and leave a message at the History Room. (616)261-3508.

Help Support the Historical Commission

Support and Contribute to the Preservation of our Past. You can help to preserve the rich history of our community!

The Wyoming Historical Commission gratefully accepts the financial contributions of local businesses and individuals who understand the value of preserving our past for future generations.

By offering your support through volunteerism, funding, or attending public programs, you are directly helping to record and share our communities story.

If you would like to offer your support or have historical documents, photographs or artifacts that you would like to donate to our collections, please contact us at the History Room at: (616)261-3508.

Historical Commission - Slide Show

These and hundreds more rare historical images of people, places, and events from Wyoming's past are available for public viewing. Visit the Wyoming Historical Archives in the local History Room at the Wyoming Public Library and enjoy a visual tour of Wyoming's past.

Historical Publications

Wilderness to Wyoming

Wilderness to Wyoming 
2009 Golden Anniversary Book 

This publication begins with the wilderness, pre-1831, and continues 
through 2008 in a more 'story' form.

Bill Branz
Dorothy Simon-Tibbe
Kelly White 
$20.00 plus $4.00 shipping

The City of Wyoming: A History

The City of Wyoming: A History
1984 Silver Anniversary Book

This publication tells the foundation of the churches, schools, township 
and city from the earliest settlers. 

Dorothy Simon
Charles Vaughn 
$20.00 plus $4.00 shipping

The above books can be purchased as a set for $35.00 plus $6.00 shipping.

The Early Days of Wyoming Township

The Early Days of Wyoming Township
Fred van Hartesveldt

$3.00 plus $2.00 shipping

Wyoming Township 1918 to 1936

Wyoming Township 1918 to 1936
John Huizinga 

$2.00 plus $2.00 shipping

Ordering Publications 

Please be sure to specify which books you are ordering on your check. Checks should be payable to the Wyoming Historical Commission. Stop by or order by mail.

Send your check to:
Wyoming Historical Commission
1155 - 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 4950

Facts and Demographics

The City of Wyoming is the 2nd Largest City in Western Michigan

Incorporated: 1959 to a City from a Township
Population: 72,125 (2010 Census)
Area: 24.5 square miles
Location: 20 minutes to Gerald R. Ford International Airport; 30 miles to Lake Michigan; 150 miles to Detroit; 180 miles to Chicago; Served by 3 freeways – US-131, I-196 and M-6
Average Temperature: January (high of 30/low of 16 degrees) & July (high of 83/low of 60 degrees)
Average Rainfall: 24 inches / year
Average Snowfall: 72 inches / year
Recreation: 21 City parks on 655 acres
City Motto: City of Vision and Progress
City Flower: Daffodil
Name: Wyoming is named for Wyoming County, New York from which many early settlers came
Households: 26,970 (2010 Census)
Businesses: 1,850 Commercial Uses
School District: 6 Public; Parochial; Charter; 18 Colleges in the Region

Visit Wyoming

Community Profile

The City of Wyoming is hardly your typical city.  Rather than spreading out from an original point of settlement, this community grew from the outside in.  And today its downtown is a three-and-a-half mile stretch of five-lane 28th Street, one of Michigan’s busiest roadways.

Though commercial establishments are scattered throughout Wyoming today, the greatest concentration is along 28th Street.  Wyoming City Hall is there, too---directly across the busy street from Rogers Plaza, the first shopping mall in Kent County.

Early in its first year as a city, Wyoming officials sifted through contest entries and selected a motto---‘City of Vision and Progress.’  It has proved to be an appropriate choice.  The city appears to have had 20/20 vision and continues to make great progress.

Wyoming’s population continues to grow.  Today, Wyoming is Michigan’s 16th largest community with west Michigan’s third largest industrial tax base.  The City has grown to 72,125 strong with a diverse cultural base, seven school districts, a balance of older and modern homes, retail variety and an abundance of parkland.  All this takes place in a region that is proud, independent, and growing while still competitive.

The City of Wyoming is a perfect location for Independent Retailers to thrive!  Come be a part of it!