Today, we are doing two state capital walks: Cheyenne (a cowboy town), and Denver (a bustling metropolis). After checking out of our swanky apartments at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, we make our way into downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The Capital Volksmarch starts at The Wrangler store downtown, near the historic railroad station. Susan M. had done her pre-planning. The Wrangler store where we were to pick up our directions didn't open until 9:00 a.m., so she arranged with a gentleman from the Cheyenne club to pick up the directions last night at his house.
Downtown Cheyenne has two-hour free parking and it usually takes us two hours to do a 10k Volksmarch. We figured the van would be okay parked there.
We started our walk at 7:50 a.m. While Susan and Darren were gearing up, I went across the street to take photos from Cheyenne Depot Plaza. The plaza had historic markers so I took a couple of minutes to read them.
Cheyenne was originally established in 1867, though much of the town was destroyed by fires over the years. It wasn't until the late 1800s that masonry buildings were introduced. Most of the Downtown District of Cheyenne was built between 1872 and 1920.
Cheyenne was a "tent town," established with the westward expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad. These early railroad towns were also known as "Hell on Wheels." This tiny, frontier "tent town" soon became the Seat of Territorial Government, and eventually grew up and became the State Capitol. The town grew rapidly to over 4,000 by the time the last railroad nail was spiked down here. Eastern newspapers described Cheyenne as the "Magic City of the Plains" because the town sprang up like magic.
As a major railhead for the cattle industry from its founding, the town was a second home for English and European Cattle Barons. By 1885, Cheyenne was considered "the richest city in the world per capita."
The architectural style of the historic district is described as eclectic with a heavy emphasis on commercial Victorian.
|Cheyenne's historic district|
|The Wrangler western store where we started|
|Union Pacific Depot|
|Decorated boots for Cheyenne|
|1887 Atlas Theater Building|
|Tivoli Saloon and Brothel (1895)|
|Jack-a-lopes in the window|
|Nagle-Warren Mansion (1888)|
|"Nature's Keeper," by Bobbie Carlyle|
|"Rapto-Round Standing Proud," by Chuck Weaver|
$42,000.00 (human not included)
|"Gotcha," by Bobbie Carlyle|
|Cute bunny in a front yard|
Next, our route took us through and around Holliday Park. The painted boot in the park memorializes Outlaws of Wyoming.
|Cheyenne Art Guild behind boot|
|Holliday Park, Lake Minehaha, Cheyenne, Wyoming|
|Darren in front of #4004, big boy steam engine|
|Cheyenne, Wyoming, State Capitol|
|Cheyenne Capitol Dome|
|Capitol front entrance|
|Poet Robert Burns|
- Buffalo Soldiers
- 1st Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker: the last of nine WW II African Americans to win the Congressional Medal of Honor
- The Military 1867-1890: Cheyenne Depot - Camp Carlin
- The Military 1867-1949: Fort David A. Russell - Fort Francis E. Warren
- The Military 1949 - Present: Francis E. Warren Air Force Base
|1st Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker -|
"Buffalo Soldier," by Chris Navarro
To be continued in part 2...