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Cheyenne was named in tribute to the local indigenous people, the Cheyenne; according to Colonel A.B. Coleman, who claimed to have helped choose the name. Unbeknownst to Coleman and the other town officials, the word Cheyenne was not what the tribe called themselves, and was likely the French spelling of a Sioux word meaning “people who speak a foreign language.” The western boom town was named during festivities in July of 1867.
Wyoming State Capitol: The capitol is closed until 2019, which is according to their website. However, in the state museum there is an exhibit on the renovation and a film with information about the history of the capitol and the current work being done.
Wyoming State Museum: This museum. It’s laid out well and the exhibits are labeled well. It covers all the historical aspects of the state from the early beginning and includes industries, military persons and early peoples. It’s all good. They have a newly restored coach that would take visitors around Yellowstone in the early days. They have some terrific fossil exhibits. Upstairs right now, is an exhibit on the national park sites in the state and partial contents of items sent from France after WWII as a thank you from the French people. It’s called the Merci Train. It’s very special. Every state received a boxcar full of gifts. Now there is a presentation of the refurbishment of the state Capitol. There also is a great film about the original building and the current restoring. There are numerous displays of firearms, fossil bones, clothing, and wagons. There is something for everyone here. They also have a gift shop attached.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum: This museum is based on the history of the Frontier Days celebration in Cheyenne., This is a huge rodeo they hold once a year. There are photos, costumes, video and stories of the many past winners of the rodeo, and the stands where the rodeo is held is very large. They are adjacent to the museum. The museum also includes all forms of land transportation from back in the day – from phaeton, to surrey to stagecoach and even an ambulance all in pristine condition. Many interesting exhibits covering native American culture and women in the rodeo scene. There is a video presentation on this, with old footage and tributes to modern day rodeo stars. Charming, informative staff.
Historic Governors’ Mansion: Most states charge for touring their historic Governor’s Mansion, but Wyoming is free. The docent was very friendly and provided a very informative introduction to the history of the governor’s mansion and the governors who lived in it. The various rooms are restored to various time periods. The house still includes a Cold War bomb shelter. Built in 1904B this turn of the century mansion must have been the very finest at the time. You are greeted by a very friendly volunteer staff that will give you a short history lesson on the place and its governors. Then given a map and a brochure and let loose to freely roam the three-story home. You can pretty much go anywhere and take as much or little time as you wish. This is another must see if you are in Cheyenne!
Cowgirls of the West Museum: Great hosts who give you a history of the museum, fantastic displays, a movie room in the back that plays videos on founding women. Don’t miss the movie. Lots of interesting displays. You will learn a lot about the women of the west.
So, if the definition of a cowboy is guts and a horse, then the definition of a cowgirl should be guts, a horse and a skirt. There’s an ace-high spot in the wild and woolly Western town of Cheyenne, Wyo., that pays tribute just to such a gal that’s as fine as cream gravy – the Cowgirls of the West Museum. In it, you’ll find a heapin’ helping of artifacts that pay tribute to the women of the American West.
At a time when a woman simply sitting on a horse could be seen as scandalous, these gals were rootin’, tootin’, ropin’ and shootin’. There’s Bonnie Gray and her horse King Tut, jumping over convertible motor cars (with passengers!) in 1925. There’s Elouise Fox Hastings, who ran away from home when she was 14 and joined the Irwin Bros. Wild West Show as a trick rider. There’s Prairie Rose Henderson, who, in 1911, was awarded the title of world’s champion bronc rider and was known as the queen of rodeo fashion. And there’s Tad Lucas, the First Lady of Rodeo and the undisputed world trick rider from 1925-33. Not a namby-pamby in the bunch.
But wait, pardners, there’s more. They’ve got buckles, saddles, costumes, hats and spurs that go jingle-jangle-jingle. And you can get in to see the whole shooting match for free, donations accepted kindly. So, the next time you find yourself in Cheyenne, God willing and if the creek don’t rise, mosey on over the Cowgirl Museum. Not to do so would be plumb loco. And it’s free.
The Cowgirls of the West Museum & Emporium is at 203 and 205 W. 17th St. in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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