Fun Facts about Goshen County

Fun Facts about Goshen County

 

  • Goshen County was originally part of Laramie County. The Wyoming Legislature authorized the formation of Goshen County in 1911.
  • Goshen County is approximately 31 miles wide and 72 miles long.
  • Goshen County is 2,225 square miles
  • Goshen County has approximately 1,428,480 total acres
  • 13% of these total acres are State Leased Lands, 8% of these total acres are being irrigated.  12% is dry crop land and 70% of the land is grazing land. The remaining 10% is being used for residential/commercial or industrial purposes
  • Goshen County has approximately 665 active farms and we are ranked number 1 in the State for agricultural importance to our economy
  • Goshen County is ranked number 1 for corn and cattle production
  • Goshen County is ranked number 2 for winter wheat, all hay, and dry beans production, and 7th in the State for sugar beets
  • The Sugar Factory was built in 1926 and was a viable operation and sugar processing plant until 2019, now it is merely a packaging facility
  • Goshen County has approximately 23,755 total building structures
  • Goshen County has approximately 4,700 habitable houses and 780 habitable mobile homes
  • Goshen County has approximately 500 commercial/industrial structures
  • The total county population according the last census is 13,249
  • Property taxes will generate approximately $14,841,606 for all the various entities in Goshen County for 2020
    • County Government will receive about 17% of these dollars overall
    • Education will receive about 72% of these dollars overall
    • The remaining 11% goes to special districts such as municipalities, fire, soil conservation, cemetery districts, weed and pest and municipalities depending upon where you live.
    • Goshen County has 35 different entities that are able to request levy, including schools, county, fire, cemetery, water & sewer districts, weed and pest
  • An acre of irrigated land will cost you about $13.35 in tax dollars each year.
  • An acre of dry crop land will cost about $2.61 in tax dollars each year.
  • An acre of grazing land will cost about $.80 in tax dollars per year.
  • An average residential property valued at $160,000 will cost you approximately $1,102 in property tax per year
  • An average mill levy for Goshen County for 2019 is .072532
  • The largest privately owned land owners are Fox Creek Land & Livestock and Indian Meadows Ranch owning approximately 21,600 acres each.
  • Approximately 19% of the land owned in Goshen County is owned by out of state owners.
  • The old Fort outside of the town of Fort Laramie, was originally called Fort William and was originally a trading post built around 1834. It was purchased in 1849 by the United States government and operate as a military post through the peak years of the Indian wars on the northern plains.  The fort was abandoned in 1890 about the time Wyoming became a State.
  • The Town of Lagrange was actually the first platted town site in the county in 1889