Cheyenne: 1867-1917

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Overview
Cheyenne, known from its earliest days as the "Magic City of the Plains," sprang up almost overnight in 1867 to meet the Union Pacific Railroad's anticipated westward expansion. Named after the Cheyenne Indian tribe that lived in the area, the wild frontier settlement quickly evolved from a tent town to one of the most sophisticated cities west of the Mississippi River. Cheyenne was settled by a variety of people, including cattle barons, soldiers from nearby Fort D. A. Russell, merchants, railroad workers, prostitutes, and gamblers. Buildings such as the Cheyenne Club, the Opera House, the Inter Ocean Hotel, the mansions along Ferguson Street, and a lively downtown defined Cheyenne as a prosperous city by the early 1880s. As Wyoming's capital grew, annual events such as Frontier Days brought the legend of Cheyenne into the first two decades of the 20th century.
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ISBN: 9780738558936
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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State: Wyoming
Series: Images of America
Images: 184
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Author Nancy Weidel is a writer and historian who has worked at the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office in Cheyenne since 1992. In this volume, readers may explore Cheyenne's history through vintage images, many of which have never been published. These photographs are drawn primarily from the extensive collection of the Wyoming State Archives.
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