Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming was established in 1867 mainly due to the expansion of the transcontinental railroad. The nickname for the town's founding was "hell on wheels." 4000 wild and rowdy men came into town quickly. Half of the town's businesses were saloons. It took a few years for the town to settle down and become respectable. In 1880 they had revamped their image. It became a wealthy town from Cattle Barons. Arts & Culture moved in. IN 1890, when Wyoming became a state, Cheyenne became the capitol. By 1893 large churches were being completed. Oddly enough by 1897 the cow barons were gone and the town folk were feeling nostalgic for the good old days and started the tradition of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Below is a link to a photo of Cheyenne in 1876
1876 Cheyenne Wyoming

Note the order to the buildings, streets and pens for the cattle.

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