The Cheyenne Depot
The Cheyenne Depot
Visitors will also be able to see the restored passenger subway behind the building where train passengers used to pass to get through to the platforms by the tracks. Visitors will also enjoy the museum floor display in the lobby of the Depot showing a beautiful map of the transcontinental railroad from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Promissory Point, Utah in granite and other stones.
The Union Pacific Railroad Depot is located on the south side of 15th Street, at the intersection with Capital Avenue. The Depot is located - naturally enough - alongside the still-active tracks of the Union Pacific, America's first transcontinental railroad, in the heart of Cheyenne's central business district. No longer used as a passenger facility, it sits on the northern side of the railroad's mainline tracks, and forms the visual cornerstone for downtown Cheyenne. Located on the site of the first Cheyenne Depot, a wood frame building constructed in 1867, the Depot is one of the downtown's two most significant landmarks. The Depot is prominently placed at one end of Capital Avenue, opposite the Wyoming State Capital; Cheyenne's other major historical landmark.
The 1929 Art Deco lobby has been beautifully restored. A map of the transcontinental railroad route with historical details made out of poured colored stone has been embedded in the lobby floor. The museum-quality exhibit is a unique attraction for all the visitors who come to the Union Pacific Depot.
Designed in 1885-1886 by the Boston-based architectural firm of Van Brunt & Howe, the Cheyenne Depot was built in 1886-1887. The building features a massive stone exterior bearing walls and foundations. It has clock tower and two single-story wings on the east and west ends. The overall length of the building is 350 feet. The Depot derives its architectural distinction from its high-style Richardsonian Romanesque. Clearly, it was the most distinctive depot built by the Union Pacific in the 19th century. And it was a landmark structure on the Cheyenne landscape.
Today, the Cheyenne Depot is a center of activity in downtown Cheyenne. The businesses which are located in the building include the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Development Authority, Cheyenne LEADS, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Cheyenne Depot Gift Shop and Snake River Pub and Grill. The Visitors Center is located in the 1929 art deco lobby of the Cheyenne Depot. Visitors are encouraged to stop in to pick up information about Cheyenne and surrounding attractions. The Cheyenne Depot Museum is located in the west wing of the building. A tour of the museum takes just over an hour.
Cultural arts events and activities are happening on virtually every Tuesday from September to May. Be sure to inquire at the Visitor Center about all the activities and events scheduled throughout the year. The Depot Plaza is the renovated city block in front of the Cheyenne Depot. It is the perfect place to have a picnic in the warmer months. During the summer months, there is a concert in the Depot Plaza on every Friday night, sponsored by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. During Cheyenne Frontier Days, there is a concert on the Depot Plaza almost every night.
The Cheyenne Depot is a must-see attraction on your visit to Cheyenne. A visit to the building, lobby and the museum will be a memorable one. Don't miss this chance to take a walk through time and to experience the romance of the railroad.
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