Do you know that...
By 1880 Cheyenne was referred to as The Magic City on the Plains. It developed rapidly into the wealthiest per capita town in the U.S. In addition to the large Texas cattle companies there were also many large Wyoming cattle companies whose owners had their headquarters and homes within the city.
The Cattle Barons, as they came to be called, played a key role in the next decade of development in Cheyenne. They invested in the city and its future by building elegant mansions for their families and prominent business structures within downtown area.
People are a mix of newly...
People are a mix of newly modern types generally open to much, and old school types who aren't into change much like any smaller town in America. There are alot of Air Force people from F.E. Warren AFB always prolifent in the nightlife scene here. But Cheyenne has a load of intresting, original, and amazing people too.
State capital or small town?
Cheyenne is the state capital of Wyoming and after two weeks on the road and visits to areas of the state that are among the least populated in the country, it seemed busy and bustling. On the other hand, no one could call it a metropolis, and compared to my home in London it felt like a relaxed and relaxing small town. All this goes to show that everything is relative!
" Sights ... "
However you view its size, we liked Cheyenne a lot. We were there on a Saturday when a farmers’ market was in full sway in front of the attractive Union Pacific Depot building. The shops were interesting and a bit quirky, the state museum had a lot to offer and we found a great place to stay in the Plains Hotel. The only downside was the really strong (and cold) wind that blew the whole day and made the outdoor attractions such as the market a lot less enjoyable than they would otherwise have been.
" ... and history "
There’s plenty of history to Cheyenne. It was founded on July 4th 1867 by men working on the Union Pacific Railroad, and the railroad’s depot still dominates the town centre. The majority of these settlers though soon moved away but others came, and by 1869 Cheyenne was home to railroad gangs, soldiers and traders.
The population was pretty rough and Cheyenne at that time would have embodied the classic Wild West town, as in places it still does a little. But it would have quite quickly become more civilised and even quite sophisticated, due to the railroad which provided easy access to the East, and thus to the latest trends in fashion and homes. This too is apparent today in the styles of some of the buildings, such as the house on East 17th Street which is home to a fantastic little gallery (see my shopping tip).
Add the more modern buildings, and the rather fun “Big Boots” street art (as seen in Sundance previously, but bigger as befits the state capital!) and I found downtown Cheyenne attractive and liveable – a place that felt comfortable in its own skin.
Pamela_Peace's Jackson Hole Page
What a long, delightful weekend! Like Las Vegas, I would have never chosen to visit here, but my husband's business brought us to this rustic part of the U.S. and it was magnificant. If you're a nature lover, this is a must.