A blend of the old and new West, Cheyenne has a cultural diversity and variety unlike most communities. Tradition and Innovation have culminated here to provide a great place to live work and do business. Cheyenne has built a strong community with a steadfast pioneer spirit and a strong vision for the future.
The city is well known for the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, which combines the world’s largest outdoor rodeo with the a variety of music acts including the latest country music stars. The event features four parades, three pancake breakfasts and historic entertainment like the old-fashioned melodrama and gunslingers.
Western history can be found throughout the year at numerous museums, celebrations and the everyday lives of Cheyenne residents.
Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, was named after the Cheyenne Indian people which inhabited present-day southeastern Wyoming before the white man came to the area.
Cheyenne had its humble, but hardly modest, beginning in 1867 when the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were laid through the site on the way west. Railroad surveyor General Grenville M. Dodge established his first camp on Crow Creek. The camp was ideally placed at the junction of many major routes leading to military camps throughout the region. With the coming of the railroad and the many supplies for Army camps, a depot was necessary, and the beginning of Cheyenne evolved.
Soldiers from Fort Russell provided the vital protection from the roving bands of hostile Indians for the community and the railroad workers. The Fort was later renamed after Francis E. Warren, Wyoming’s first Governor and later U.S. Senator for 37 years. In the city’s early days, city dudes mingled with mule skinners, soldiers, rail-roaders, lawmakers, sheriffs, rustlers, stage drivers and outlaws. The city is situated in the midst of rich, nutritious grasslands which have always been excellent natural forage for cattle.
The railhead made the town a logical headquarters for numerous cattle barons and their cowboys. As a legislative center, the city attracted visitors from all parts of Wyoming. It was also a convenient stopping place for eastern tourists and prospective settlers searching for business opportunities in the adventurous region.
Fort D. A. Russell was established in 1867. In 1927, the last cavalry units left the installation.
In 1930, President Hoover issued a proclamation changing the name of the post to Fort Francis E. Warren, honoring Wyoming’s territorial governor and first state governor. Warren was a U.S. Senator for 37 years and received the Medal of Honor when he was 19 for heroism during the Civil War.
The installation became an Air Force base in 1947.
Annual Events: Frontier Days, Depot Days, Kids Cowboy Festival, Wyoming Brewers Festival, Celtic Festival, Farmers Market, Oktoberfest, Happy Jack Music Festival, Cheyenne Wine Festival,Cowboy Symposium, Greek Festival, Christmas Parade
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Cheyenne is not all cowboy hats and spurs. The city hosts many performing artists from near and far, including popular singers, dancers and touring productions. It is home to the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, a professional symphony that is regarded as one of the best in the nation for a community this size. Other groups, such as the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players and a host of talented high school artists, help provide the community with a variety of cultural activities that continues through the year.
Whether you’re here to visit or here to stay, there is always something happening in Cheyenne! Cheyenne is a great place to live!