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.
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
Don't Miss: Tour the Wyoming State Capitol building which was built in 1890 from locally quarried stone. Other significant attractions include the Wyoming State Museum and the Historic Governor's Mansion. https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/capitol-page/