In 1993 the Union Pacific donated the depot building to the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, and stabilization of the building was begun a year later. Since then, the building has undergone various stages of an extensive rehabilitation project. The first floor now houses the Cheyenne Depot Museum and a brewpub/restaurant. The upper levels house offices for various city and private concerns related to tourism, economic development and the museum.
The museum tells the story of the Cheyenne beginnings during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Union Pacific Depot and the Railroad it is named after. You can view the Union Pacific Main Yard from the Coupler addition on the west end of the Depot, and experience more of the history of the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
The second story of the museum holds the famous Harry Brunk train layout, which draws visitors from all over the world. It was meticulously crafted over 30+ years and is a prized feature in the museum. The layout depicts the Union Central & Northern (UC&N) rail line in HN03 narrow gauge scale.
The Depot Museum and Plaza has become the cultural and entertainment hub of Downtown Cheyenne, striving to provide educational programming and events in conjunction with the City of Cheyenne that enrich the community.
The Cheyenne Depot Museum is a private 501c(3) nonprofit organization working to maintain the National Historic Landmark structure known as the Historic Union Pacific Cheyenne Depot. They receive no City, State, or Federal operational funding, and as such rely on the support of members, event patrons, museum visitors, and contributors to help generate funding to ensure the proper care and maintenance of the building.
They are located at 121 West 15th Street in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.
To celebrate the spirit, teamwork, optimism and sacrifices of the men and women who built and are the life of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Cheyenne Depot and the City of Cheyenne.
To provide a sensory, emotional and historical journey into the perennial and enduring allure of the railroad. Visitors will leave infused with a deepened understanding of those who built and traveled the transcontinental rails, an understanding of the evolution of the modern rail industry, and a fresh and personal identification with the inspiring railroad story.
For more information, please visit www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org.