Cheyenne Things to Do
This western outpost is a great place with top things to do, whether for a quiet weekend away, or a longer stay.
Wyoming State Capitol Building
The Wyoming State Capitol Building is a National Historic Landmark located at the north end of Capitol Street. The Capitol Building sculpture garden includes a replica of the Liberty Bell (on the corner of 24th Street and Carey Avenue), a statue of Esther Morris (in front of the Capitol 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 right to vote 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.
There are several sections that comprise this museum, most with a focus on the state’s history as a part of the Wild West. Some of the top sections include: the Wild Bunch which focuses on Wyoming’s wildlife, with a well-presented diorama of stuffed prairie animals. The Hands-on-History Room is a special area where kids (and their parents!) can get their hands on reproduction artifacts, play in a tipi and examine all sorts of curious objects. R. I. P. (Rex in Pieces) takes a look at Wyoming as a dinosaurs’ graveyard, including a focal exhibit of a full-sized Camptosaurus skeleton cast. Living in Wyoming is a favorite section that focuses on the social history of the state: life in the home, education, recreation, etc.
Union Pacific Depot
The Union Pacific Depot dominates a large area of downtown Cheyenne. The building houses a number of different attractions, with the main one being its museum, which tells the story of the construction of the Union Pacific Railway. This railroad connected the two coasts of the country, in a huge move forward for the United Sates. The museum also discusses the founding of the city of Cheyenne and the role the railroad played in its settlement, the lives of the people who worked on the railroad, and the history of the Depot building itself.
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