Cheyenne Itinerary: All Aboard The Legend!
The Itinerary at a Glance
From the moment Cheyenne was plotted out by General Grenville Dodge in the late 1800s, this spot of windswept prairie transformed in to what was known as the “Magic City of The Plains” almost overnight. Come enjoy the history of trains and learn how without them, Cheyenne wouldn’t exist. Today, trains are still a big part of the lifeblood of our community in both employment and commerce.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Ames Monument
- Cheyenne Depot Museum
- Terry Bison Ranch
Duration: 1 Day
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Watch the day wake up at your early morning visit to Ames Monument, located a short drive west of Cheyenne. Recently named a National Historic Monument, the rock hewn structure was erected by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1880 to honor the brothers Oakes Ames and Oliver Ames, Jr., who were instrumental in building the United States’ First Transcontinental Railroad.
In town, the romance of trains whistling across the wild-west comes to life! The Historic Depot has been painstakingly restored to its original glory and is once again a center of activity in the community. Inside, the Cheyenne Depot Museum chronicles the railroad and its relationship to Cheyenne.
The Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley which provides a 90 minutes overview of the community, its history, and attractions between May and September. The tour includes stops at various attractions, and is fully narrated. Engine 1242 is located at the Botanic Garden, one of the attractions along the way. Also on your tour is Big Boy 4004, the world’s largest steam locomotive (1.2 million lbs.), which is located at Holliday Park. It was designed especially for the rugged Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah, run.
After you’ve enjoyed the sights in town, head south nine miles to the Terry Bison Ranch for a train ride into the middle of the bison herd that calls the ranch home. The ranch is open year-round, so you can always be assured to have a good time.