Celebrate Cheyenne Wyoming's 150th Anniversary at Depot Days, May 20-21
In the midst of construction of the transcontinental railroad, the citizens of what is now Cheyenne, WY, celebrated the establishment of their town on July 5, 1867 (the same year Union Pacific began construction in the
region). With this summer (2017) marking the 150th anniversary of Cheyenne, there's no better time to celebrate the city's roots as a railroad town than the annual Cheyenne Depot Days train festival, May 20-21.
In addition to being one of the only times the Union Pacific opens their rail yard to the public, allowing visitors to view the Heritage Fleet Steam Team and the Big Boy (one of the world's largest steam engines), Depot Days
is the perfect opportunity for train enthusiasts to view rarely seen rail cars, check out one-of-a-kind art and more.
Following are the top ways to celebrate Cheyenne's 150th anniversary and experience an original "Hell on Wheels" town up close:
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View Rarely Seen Locomotives
Cheyenne is home to two of the Big Boy Locomotives, including Big Boy No. 4014, which arrived in 2014 and is in the process of being restored for a tour of the U.S. in 2019. The Big Boy No. 4004 can also be seen on display in Cheyenne's Holliday Park and has been a favorite attraction for many visitors for more than 50 years.
See Big Trains on a Micro Scale
Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club holds their annual Model Railroad Show during Depot Days, with displays and vendors at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall. The creator of the popular Union Central & Northern HNo3 model train display, Harry Brunk, will be available to visit with and answer questions about the popular display.
Check Out the Museums
Cheyenne Depot Museum features real-life memorabilia that tells the story of Cheyenne's beginnings during the construction of the Transcontinental railroad. Fans can also visit the Nelson Museum of the West, which
preserves the western culture and "cowboy code" of Wyoming.
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April 25, 2017