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Emblem (also Germania or
Liberty Bench) is an unincorporated community in western
Big Horn County, Wyoming, United States. The
community has an official population of 10 although the surrounding
rural area increases the number to over 100. It lies
along the concurrent U.S. Routes 14, 16, and 20, west-northwest
of the town of Basin, the county seat of Big Horn County. Its
elevation is 4,449 feet (1,356 m), and it is located at
44°30′21″N 108°23′30″W / 44.50583°N
Although Emblem is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 82422.
Emblem was founded in the 1896 when Solon Wiley's Big Horn Basin
Development Company brought irrigation to the Emblem Bench. The
area now known as Emblem was once called Germania Bench after a
settlement of German Lutherans arrived to farm the land. The name
became a source of prejudice and fear during the second World War
and the surrounding communities demanded that it be changed.
Specifically, the community was told that the new name should be an
"emblem of liberty." Accordingly, the name was changed to Emblem
and the area was often referred to as "Liberty Bench."
Public education in the community of Emblem is provided by Big Horn County
School District #3. The district has three campuses – Greybull
Elementary School (grades K-5), Greybull Middle School (grades
6-8), and Greybull High School (grades