Cheyenne is an active economic, cultural and political center for the northern plains and is the capital of the state of Wyoming.
The "Magic City of the Plains" is located at the intersection of Interstates 25 and 80 in southeast Wyoming. Cheyenne is approximately 100 miles north of Denver, Colorado. The elevation is 6,062 feet.
On July 4, 1867, General Grenville Dodge with his survey crew platted the site now known as Cheyenne (Dakota Territory, later Wyoming Territory). There were many from a hundred miles around who felt the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad through the area would bring them prosperity. So, by the time the first track was built into Cheyenne four months later (November 13), over four-thousand people had migrated into the new city. Because it sprang up like magic, it became known as "Magic City, Queen of the Plains".
Cheyenne offers year round activities including organized sports programs offered through the City; special community events like Super Day, Cheyenne Frontier Days western celebration and rodeo which is known as The Daddy of 'em All, Oktoberfest, The Goblin Walk, and the Christmas Parade, to name a few. Additionally they have a recreational Greenway path for walking, riding bikes, or roller blading, that encompasses a majority of the City. They have ski resorts located in the nearby Medicine Bow National Forest and in the Colorado Rockies with lakes located as close as 30 miles from Cheyenne. Laramie County Community College resides in Cheyenne and the University of Wyoming in Laramie 45 miles to the west.
There is something for everyone. As a town created by the railroad, Cheyenne fittingly preserves one of the eight surviving Union Pacific Big Boy locomotives ("4004"), and some of the largest steam locomotives ever built, designed for hauling freight over the Rocky Mountains at high speeds. These engines typically hauled 100 freight cars up ruling grades between Cheyenne and Ogden, Utah, at 50 miles per hour! Check out Cheyenne Depot Museum