Trekking with Daisy 2009-10 travel blog

Cheyenne Depot Museum

Glenda Alexander by Boot in Front of Cheyenne Depot Museum

Cheyenne Depot Museum Lobby

Wyoming State Capitol

Monument to Wyoming Citizens at State Capitol


This morning I had to get up at 5:30 in order to get to Heritage Ford before 7:00. I was determined to be first in line for Daisy’s tire problem resolution! The front end was out of alignment, which caused the vibrations, pulling to the right when I braked and uneven wear of the tires. I had to buy two new tires. While I was there I also had the multi-point inspection and oil change done. The service consultant advised me to have my rear suspension beefed up when I get back to Austin. He suggested air bags. Then I had to go to Bear Alignment to have the front end realigned because Heritage Ford didn’t have the right equipment. All this cost me $500.

I was finally on my way to Cheyenne around 1:30. After I had gotten set up in my campsite, Barb came to get me.

First, she and I visited the Cheyenne Depot Museum which is housed in the historic Union Pacific Depot, built in 1886. It is designed in Richardsonian Romanesque style and constructed from polychromatic sandstone quarried west of Fort Collins. The Lobby is in 1929 Art Deco style. On either side of the entrance are boots about nine feet tall - one for the state's governors and the other for the state's centennial. The depot is located on one end of Capitol Avenue. The state capitol, at the other end of Capitol Avenue, can be seen from the depot.

From there we went to see the state capitol. Construction began in 1886. It was designed to resemble the United States Capitol. Additional wings on both sides of the original building were completed in 1890. In front of the capitol is a statue of Esther Hobart Morris, who was a leader of the suffrage movement. (Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote and hold public office.) A copy of this statue is in statuary hall in the U S capitol. The capitol is being renovated so it was difficult to get good photos.

Also on the capitol grounds is a bronze of a calf by Jerry Palen in recognition of Clifford P. Hansen, a U. S. Senator, Governor and Wyoming Stock Growers Association President. At one corner of the grounds is a replica of the Liberty Bell.

After this little excursion we had dinner at the Mayflower Restaurant where we had excellent Cajun food. I ordered the boiled shrimp dinner which included red potatoes, salad and corn on the cob. The chef stood the corn cob on end and topped it with red and green pepper garnish. Such an artistic touch!

STATS

Route: I-25 N to Cheyenne => College Avenue to campground

Total Miles Driven: 60

Weather Conditions: Warm and mostly cloudy. A few sprinkles.

Road Conditions: Somewhat rough

RV Park: A. B. Camping, Cheyenne (www.campcheyenne.com)

Park Conditions: Nice park. Friendly, helpful staff.

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