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Sunshine, Wyoming
(Big Horn County)

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Although we found mention of Sunshine during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Over time, we expect to discover additional information that will be added to our Gazetteer..

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Sunshine. If you can help us locate Sunshine, please Contact Us.

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Located in: Big Horn County (see below)

Time Zone: Sunshine lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT)

Telephone Area Code: (307)

About Big Horn County

The community of Basin is the County Seat for Big Horn County.

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for Platte)


2019 Est:<2>     11,746   (0.67% increase since 2010)  
2010     11,668   (1.81% increase since 2000)
2000:     11,461

Total Area:<3>   3,158 sq. miles [8,181.5 km²]

Housing Units: <4>   5,379

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Big Horn

GNIS ID:   1605067

FIPS State / County Code:   56 / 003

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Sunshine)

About Wyoming

From the US Census


2019 Est:     580,116   (2.93% increase since 2010)  
2010:     563,626   (14.14% increase since 2000)
2000:     493,782

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Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for State of Wyoming

GNIS ID:   1779807

FIPS State:   56

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Sunshine)

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Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Sunshine and then turned east". While Sunshine could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Sunshine as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Sunshine could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are two Wyoming communities named Sunshine: This one is located in Big Horn County and the other is located in Park County. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sunshine.
<2>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Sunshine. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the community's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.
<4>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).




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