Cheyenne, WY High 92 Low 58
We have found that one of the best ways to learn about the history of a city or town is to take a tour train or trolley. Our tour guide was great. He really knew a lot about the city of Cheyenne and was enjoyable to listen to.
The only problem is, by the time I get ready to write the blog, I’ve forgotten most of what he told us.
The tour starts at the Depot. There are several museums in Cheyenne and the trolley stops at each one. If you want to get off and go to the museum, the trolley will be back in 90 minutes to pick you up. We decided not to go to any of the museums. Next time we can fit in a museum or two.
We stopped at the Capitol Building which is beautiful. But from where we were, I couldn’t get the whole building to fit in a picture.
Chief Washakie, a Shoshoni Indian, earned a reputation as a fierce warrior, skilled politician and diplomat, great leader of the Shoshone people, friend to white men. Washakie granted right-of-way through Shoshone land in western Wyoming to the Union Pacific Railroad, aiding the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The famed leader and warrior died at the age of 102 in 1900.
Wyoming is a very progressive state. They were the first state to allow women the right to vote. They also had the first women Justice of the Peace in the United States, Esther Hobart Morris.
Can’t do a tour in Cheyenne without having a cowboy statue.
We also stopped to see Big Boy.
Isn’t he a beauty?
Many towns have artists decorate either horses, or bison, or bears or other items and then auction them off to raise money. Cheyenne chose cowboy boots. There are 28 of these boots all over town. We didn’t take the time to go find them all, but these two were outside the entrance to the depot.
The trolley tour was definitely a wonderful way to get an introduction to Cheyenne.