Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne, WY

Depot Museum

The story of Cheyenne and Wyoming in general begins with transportation. Long a route for settlers travelling west and later for the transcontinental railroads, both played a key role in the development of our country.

The depot building was completed in September of 1887 and finished with the addition of the clock in 1890. In 1922 it was expanded and in 2006 an additional building was added to provide elevator access to the second floor. Today it is a National Historic Landmark standing as a symbol to the resilience of both the building and of Cheyenne even as the era of steam trains declined.

Now a railroad museum and restaurant, this depot was built in the 1880’s.
This is one of more than 30 hand painted cowboy boots located around the city to show the history of Cheyenne.
This is one of 8 surviving examples of the world’s largest steam locomotives. The 4004 ran primarily between Cheyenne and Ogden, Utah. Retired in October 1958 after logging more than 440,000 miles.

Esther Hobart Morris

Esther Hobart Morris (August 8, 1814 – April 2, 1902) was the first woman justice of the peace in the United States and was an early advocate for women’s suffrage rights. There are several statues of her around Cheyenne.

Home of Esther Morris
Bronze of Esther in the state capitol

Wyoming State Capitol

The Capitol was built in 1888 and expanded in 1890 and 1917. Work done in 1974-1980, concealed the character of historic rooms in the building and did not address infrastructure issues. In 2014, the Legislature authorized a project to resolve these issues and to restore the historic character of the building. On July 10, 2019 a grand opening was held to celebrate after the four-year restoration and rehabilitation project. The results are spectacular!

Front of the Wyoming State Capitol
Two of the “Four Sisters” statues on the second floor
Wyoming State Senate Chamber
Wyoming State House Chamber
Second Floor hallway
Historic Supreme Court / Territorial House Chamber

The Wyoming State Capitol is one of 20 state Capitols designated as a National Historic Landmark. That designation is largely due to the events that transpired in this Chamber in 1889. As Wyoming was seeking Statehood, the Constitutional Convention was held in this room. A large part of the Convention focused on women’s suffrage, a right Wyoming women had held since 1869. It was in this Chamber that representatives enshrined women’s suffrage within the Wyoming State Constitution, becoming the first state to do so and making this one of the most historically significant chambers in the country.

One of many historic vaults on the Garden Level of the state capitol.
View of the rear of the capitol between the Herschler government buildings
One of many bronze statues located around the city, this one was found near the state capitol

Historic Governors’ Mansion

Fourteen years after achieving statehood, Wyoming built its first governor’s mansion in 1904 in an established middle class neighborhood. The mansion was intended to be a home of the people, and was never enclosed by a fence or had on site security. From 1905 to 1976, the mansion was the residence of 19 Wyoming first families. The Carriage House for the mansion was used as a polling place for the neighborhood during the term of the first female governor of the state. It was said that Nellie Tayloe Ross would glance out the window and wonder if any constituents were voting for her. Two years later, she lost her bid for re-election to Frank Emerson.

The last family to occupy the mansion was Ed Herschler and his wife, Casey. The Herschlers have the distinction of being the last first family to live in the mansion and the first to live in the new Governor’s residence located near Frontier Park in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion
The formal Dining Room in the mansion

Park Review – Cheyenne RV Resort by RJourney

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Location:  Cheyenne, WY
Type: Commercial Park
Check-in/Check-out times: 2:00PM/11:00PM
Site Quality / Amenities: Gravel roads and sites which are typical for this part of the country. Most sites have a picnic table. There is room to park the truck beside the rig but in general sites are pretty tightly packed in. At one point in time this was a KOA Journey park and the amenities are along that line.There is a small store, community fire pit, shower and laundry facilities. Propane is available on site as well and the price was decent.For activities, there is a pool, basketball hoop, playground, horseshoes and mini-golf.
Access: Easy access from I-80 east of Cheyenne off Campstool Rd. on Hutchins Dr.
Staff: Staff were friendly and helpful.
Cellular/WiFi: Like many places Verizon service tended to be inconsistent but when working well 4G download speeds were about 30 Mbps and upload about 15 Mbps while using our external antenna and amplifier. Upload speeds were slower without the amplifier. AT&T speeds via our Mobley device were very slow at less than 1 Mbps download and 2.5 Mbps upload.
Restaurants: T-Joe’s Steakhouse and Saloon – We got a decent chicken fried steak here. Maybe the steaks are better but we didn’t feel like the food was as good as the ratings indicated. Hacienda Guadalajara – Ok mexican food.
Nearby parks: We didn’t look at any nearby parks. In doing our research of the area we felt like this park was probably the best for a rig our size.
What we liked: Convenient access to downtown Cheyenne attractions.
What we didn’t like: We would prefer paved sites and roads but this is not typical for the area. The park felt a bit cramped especially when navigating with a larger rig.
Verdict: This park is typical of parks we have seen in this part of the country – all gravel. While here, we got rain every day and overall the park held up well with minimal standing water near the sites. We’d stay here again when travelling through the area. The park is good for an overnight stay up to a few days.

3 thoughts on “Cheyenne, WY

  1. I love reading about your adventures as you share a lot of historical pics with info on each! Keep on RVing and posting!

  2. Wonderful article. We passed by Cheyenne after spending time in Buffalow WY and wished we had planned a stop. Now I’m wondering about making a run up I-25 from New Mexico.

    1. On our first trip through the area we bypassed Cheyenne for Laramie. Glad we stopped this time as there was a lot more to see in Cheyenne than we realized. We really only had 2 days to do things this time and it rained both days starting about 2PM so we still have a few more things we could have seen.

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