Last full day in Wyoming

Trip Start Jul 19, 2012
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Trip End Aug 06, 2012


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Cheyenne WY

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Monday, July 30, 2012

I had a leisurely start to the morning and then headed east on I-90 to Cheyenne.  About 10 miles outside of Laramie at the highest point of the Interstate is a statue of Lincoln.  Originally Hwy 30 was called the Lincoln Highway but when I-90 was built that became the Lincoln Highway.  They moved the statue from Hwy 30 to I-90. 

When I got to Cheyenne I headed for the Train Depot for a trolley tour of the city.  The first thing I had to photograph is the cowboy boat.  Cheyenne did a fund raiser years ago of having artists decorate cowboys boats.  They were later auctioned off but 18 of them are still around the city.  I found five of them during my tour.  A few were inside buildings which made it hard to see them.

Cheyenne became a major railroad hub which made the city grow overnight.  The railroad brought in cattle barrons from the East and Europe.  If they owned land and cattle they were able to build a mansion on Barrons Row.  Unfortunately few still remain.  Others who made money built mansions in other parts of the city.

Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming.  One important piece of legislation was that women received the right to vote in 1869.  Esther Hobart Morris proposed and pushed for women's rights.  Her statue is now in front of the Capitol Building.  She should get more credit in U.S. history.  The downside was that the U.S. government wasn't pleased with women having the vote and delayed Wyoming becoming a state for almost 20 years.  Of course it took till 1920 for the rest of the U.S. to give women the vote.

After the tour, I took off for Sundance WY.  The road I took was the old Stagecoach road to Deadwood SD.  It was traveled by infamous people like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.   The road takes you up through the Wyoming side of the Black Hills and of course it would go on into Hills when you to to Deadwood.  I left the Stagecoach road to stay in Sundance WY for a last night in WY.  Tomorrow I will start for home.  Of course I'm not going the shortest way possible.  I'll be heading north so I can explore the northern part of Michigan.  I figure this might be the only way I'll get a chance to see it. 
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