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    Union Pacific Depot

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 12, 2006

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    Lobby of the Union Pacific Depot

    The Union Pacific Depot dominates downtown Cheyenne. The building houses a number of different attractions. The main one is of course the museum, which tells the story of the building of the Union Pacific Railway and how it succeeded in connecting the two coasts of the country; the founding of the city of Cheyenne and the role the railroad played in this; the lives of the people who worked on the railroad; and the history of the Depot building itself.

    But the building is also home to a visitor information centre which covers all the attractions and facilities in the city and a little souvenir shop where we found some good-quality gifts for family back home. It’s worth coming into the building just to see the amazing and beautifully restored lobby.

    The building also houses a great bar and restaurant, the Snake River Bar & Grill – see my separate Restaurant tip on this.

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    State Museum

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 14, 2006

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    I confess we went to this museum mainly to get out of the cold wind, but I'm really glad we did as it was a gem! It's just a nice size to keep you occupied for a couple of hours without feeling guilty that you haven't got more time to devote to it, and its focus on all things Wyoming meant that it offered a number of fresh perspectives on the various things we'd seen on our trip.

    There are several sections:

    The Wild Bunch - focuses on Wyoming's wildlife, with a well-presented diorama of stuffed prairie animals - not to everyone's taste but eye-catching nevertheless (especially for Chris, who found to his horror that the snake he'd "stroked" the previous day at Fort Laramie was probably a rattlesnake!).

    Hands-on History Room – a special area where kids (and their parents!) can get their hands on reproduction artefacts, play in a tipi and examine all sorts of curious objects.

    R. I. P. (Rex in Pieces) – looks at Wyoming as dinosaurs’ graveyard, including a focal exhibit of a full-sized Camptosaurus skeleton cast, one of the first dinosaurs found in the state.

    Drawn to This Land – one of my favourite sections, this looks at the many reasons people have come to settle in Wyoming.

    Barber Gallery – another favourite section, featuring artistic items such as Native American beadwork and baskets, a marble sculpture of the state's animals and plants, and a 1950s diorama of Wyoming cowboys at work.

    Living in Wyoming – my favourite section of all, this focuses on the social history of the state: life in the home, education, recreation etc. I particularly loved the “den” where you can settle down on the sofa and watch genuine old home movies.

    Swamped With Coal – focuses on the state’s coal-mining industry and its origins (this was not my favourite part of the museum).

    Admission to the museum is free, though donations are welcome.
    Opening hours are Mon - Sat 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m (May to Oct).
    Mon - Fri 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m., Sat 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (Nov to April).

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    State Capitol building

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 14, 2006

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    Wyoming State Capitol Building

    The Wyoming State Capitol Building is a National Historic Landmark and is a striking landmark at the north end of Capitol Street. We didn’t go in but did stop to check out some of the various sculptures in the grounds. These include a replica of the Liberty Bell (corner of 24th Street and Carey Avenue); a statue of Esther Morris (in front of the building); and the inevitable bison (on the east lawn).

    Esther Hobart Morris was a significant figure in the women’s suffrage movement in Wyoming and played a role in ensuring that the state was the first to grant women the vote which it did in 1869. Laws were also passed giving married women control of their own property and providing equal pay for women teachers, so in this area Wyoming was certainly ahead of its time.

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    State Capitol Building - obvious place to start

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    backside, Wyoming state capitol building

    The state capitol buildings in all the states generally display the noblest and most elegant architecture on a civic level in the entire state. For poor states and rich alike, the resources of the entire legislature and constituency are normally involved in gathering materials and procuring the artisans and artists to produce the proudest public edifice the state can boast without facing criticism for over-opulence and over-spending. All our capitol buildings were generally finished long ago. They represent each new state's pride and ambition in joining the Union.

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    Buffalo Country - Once Upon a Time

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Wyoming State Capitol lawn, Cheyenne

    Along with the broncobuster on the back side, which itself forms the state's symbol, graces all its border crossings, and figures on its car tags, the buffalo on the side lawn forms another one of Wyoming's legacies. Most of the buffaloes you will see in this state figure in the northwest corner near and within Yellowstone NP.

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    State Capitol Exterior

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    State Capitol Building, Cheyenne

    The State Capitol building in Cheyenne is among my favorite buildings in America. Built in the late 1880s, the golden dome caps an elegant if not ornate building in our least populous state. The capitol grounds are adorned with a number of statues and a war memorial, with the famous broncobuster (the state emblem) on the back lawn. Situated at the head of Capitol Avenue, the state house enjoys the most prominent position in town, and is easily identifiable when approaching on I-25 from the south.

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    State Capitol Interior

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    under the dome

    The interior beneath the golden dome is less impressive than some capitol interiors, but the features inside are unique among state houses. The central hall and the upstairs walkways are checkered like something out of a barber shop. All three floors are accessible for inspection. A full-size statue of Arapaho chief Washakie stands in the central hall, while the right wing offers a large size replica of a bison and a huge bust of Abraham Lincoln. Otherwise the banisters and edge work are done in wood, properly suited to this enjoyable frontier capital.

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    Wyoming State Capitol Building

    by frankcanfly Written Mar 14, 2006

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    As most of you know, I 'collect' state capitol buildings, as well as National Capitol/Parliment buildings.

    Cheyenne's capitol is a refreshing change. I consider it a real 'working' capitol. The main staff actually still work inside the small building, and the governor himself is very accessable.

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    GIANT BOOT SCULPTURES

    by Rich62 Written Apr 22, 2005

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    BOOT BY THE RAILROAD DEPOT JUST SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN

    I'm sure you know the artistic fad that is sweeping the country; different towns make a number of fiberglass figures, all the same, of some object that represents their town. Then local artists each paint the object as they see fit, and the sculptures are placed all around the town. Lincoln, Nebraska did bicycles, Kearney, Nebraska did Sandhill Cranes, and didn't Chicago do cows?

    Anyway, Cheyenne did boots. Cowboy boots. A perfect symbol for this "wild west" city. The boots look to be about seven feet tall, and it is fun to see them and to see how each artist painted them.

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    Cheyenne Railroad Depot

    by Astrobuck Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    This is a recently restored Union Pacific Railroad Depot that has stood for decades. In the early days of Cheyenne's history, this depot welcomed many people travelling from the east in search of a better life in the wide open spaces of the american west. Inside the depot is a railroad museum (admission required), an information booth, and a coffee shop. The coffee shop and information booth both have the original ticket counters from back in the day. The foreground where I stood to take the picture holds an annual Farmers Market in the Fall, as well as concerts during the summer. This is one place you will want to visit.

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    Visitor center

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jul 27, 2007

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    One of boots on Cheyenne's streets

    On your way on I-25 visit Visitor Center. It has great information on all state and Cheyenne as well. Pick up a map of Cheyenne, that will be useful for you in your visit, also some brochures about some sightseeing.

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    Ballistic Missle Museum

    by frankcanfly Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Come out to the entrance to the Air Force Base in town, and witness the giant ballistic missles that once stood ready to aim their payload to the 2nd world......

    Thankfully, they are now decommisioned.

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    Boots

    by frankcanfly Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Just like in many other cities, artists have taken identical statues and customized them into their own artworks. In Cheyenne we have, of course, boots. I think Buffalo could have been an option too though.....

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    If you enjoy scenery you'll...

    by hersheybar Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you enjoy scenery you'll want to drive out to Medicine Bow National Forrest and take in the Vedauwoo Recreation Area. It was plenty hot and dusty while I was there in June.
    The natural rock formations are very unique and if you want to climb them and are prepared to do so it looks like quite a challange.

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    If you enjoy scenery you'll...

    by hersheybar Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you enjoy scenery you'll want to drive out to Medicine Bow National Forrest and take in the Vedauwoo Recreation Area. It was plenty hot and dusty while I was there in June.
    The natural rock formations are very unique and if you want to climb them and are prepared to do so it looks like quite a challange.

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