Event Details

  • October 12, 2017
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Cheyenne, circa 1867. Photo courtesy Wyoming State Archives.

The founding of Cheyenne will be the focus of the October lecture at the Wyoming State Museum on Thursday, October 12, at 7 p.m. “Settling the Sterile and Desolate Plains: The Founding of Cheyenne and Then Some” will be presented by historian Rick Ewig.

Cheyenne was established during the summer of 1867. Quickly, the temporary tents gave way to more permanent structures, housing businesses, churches, and homes as well as Fort D.A. Russell and Camp Carlin. The citizens of the new city welcomed the all-important Union Pacific Railroad on November 13, 1867. Wyoming's first territorial governor, John A. Campbell, designated Cheyenne as the new territory's capital and the city's future was secured.

Ewig's book, "Cheyenne: A Sesquicentennial History," is available in the Museum Store, which will also be open during the lecture. If you are unable to attend the lecture but would like an autographed copy, books may be purchased in advance and left to be signed.

The Wyoming State Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month, September - May, at 7:00 p.m. The Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne.

For more information, contact Nathan Doerr, Curator of Education, at 777-7021.

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