Wyoming State Capital: Cheyenne

Wyoming State Capital

The capital of the state of Wyoming is Cheyenne. It is also Wyoming's most populous city with over 65,000 citizens and residents.

History of Cheyenne

The city of Cheyenne was founded in Dakota territory, and the locals had named the city after the Native American tribe and people of the Cheyenne in 1867. Cheyenne had its humble beginnings during independence day in 1867 when the Union Pacific Railroad was to announce its selection of a site for its mountain region. Cheyenne was the best choice, as it was the northernmost location on the southern rocky mountain front (and still is today, ending in New Mexico). The original name of the site was Crow Creek Crossing, but locals named it Cheyenne the very next day - and it was officially recognized in August of the same year.

In September, Fort D.A Russell was established in the city of Cheyenne as a military encampment and was renamed Fort E. Warren in 1930, once the first Governor of Wyoming had been sworn in. Currently, the fort is named Francis E. Warren Air Force Base when it was transferred to the control of the air force in 1949. Cheyenne was the state's first capital when it was made a territory on July 25th, 1868, and made permanent on July 10, 1890, when the state of Wyoming was officially recognized.

What is Cheyenne Well-Known For?

Cheyenne is known for its natural beauty and its unique geographical position. Sitting at a key point in the Rocky Mountain range, Cheyenne, coupled with the wider Laramie County, is the transportation hub for most of the area. Containing 3 interstate, 3 local, and 7 state highways, it connects the majority of the central states, which is important for travel throughout the entire country. Its climate is semi-cold, meaning it is fairly temperate throughout the years, neither being too hot nor too cold.

Cheyenne has three separate and notable landmarks:

-The Wyoming State Capitol

-Francis E Warren Air Force Base (discussed above)

-The Nagle Warren Mansion

On top of this, Cheyenne holds over fifty distinct historical locations, including churches, mansions, and historic Union Pacific depots. To highlight its natural beauty, Cheyenne protects its environmental rights through the Cheyenne Community Recreation and Events Department, which organizes events that include swimming, skateboarding, golfing, and even the famous botanical gardens.

Cheyenne's Government and Education

Cheyenne is well known for its Laramie County Community College, which is regarded as one of the best colleges in Wyoming. Although it is a small campus, the most popular majors include nursing and business. It also grants basketball and other sports scholarships.

Cheyenne's government is much the same as any other state that has a mayor and a city council. Cheyenne is part of Wyoming, which makes it a non-partisan state, neither leaning much to one side. Utilities in Cheyenne are semi-autonomous, meaning that they are both private and publicly owned. The Mayor manages most of the city's security and legal system - including the police, firefighters, engineering, treasury, and the office of the attorney.

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Population
63,698
Area (mi²)
32.14
Timezone
America/Denver

Wyoming State Capital: Cheyenne