Cheyenne Depot

The historic Cheyenne Depot, in the heart of downtown Cheyenne, was built in 1886 for Union Pacific passenger trains. It stands directly down the street about a mile from the Wyoming State Capitol building. The building was donated to the city of Cheyenne by Union Pacific in 1993.

Cheyenne Depot in Wyoming

Cheyenne Depot

 

Lobby

The lobby of the building has a map on the floor showing the Union Pacific portion of the Transcontinental Railroad. There’s also a small visitor center with brochures on what to do in Cheyenne and the rest of Wyoming.

Lobby at the Cheyenne Depot in Wyoming

Lobby

Lobby at the Cheyenne Depot in Wyoming

Lobby

 

Cheyenne Depot Museum

The big draw to the depot is the Cheyenne Depot Museum. It covers railroad history from the beginning of the Transcontinental Railroad and its ties to Cheyenne.

Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Cheyenne Depot Museum

Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Cheyenne Depot Museum

Many interesting stories and artifacts are on display, including tools used by railroad workers, uniforms, and dinnerware used in Union Pacific dining cars. A particularly interesting display is about how snow was moved off the tracks.

Union Pacific passenger dinnerware at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Union Pacific passenger dinnerware

Uniforms at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Uniforms

Upstairs, there’s a viewing platform where you can see the railroad tracks and Union Pacific Main Yard.

Union Pacific tracks at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Union Pacific tracks

 

Model Railroad

There’s also an excellent model railroad on display. It was the work of Harry S. Brunk of Clarkson, Nebraska, and has been at the museum since 2012. He spent 30 years making all of the scenery and buildings by hand. The railroad is a model of Colorado and Southern Railway’s Clear Creek narrow gauge line. Immediately recognizable to me were the towns of Idaho Springs and Georgetown.

Model railroad at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Model railroad

Model railroad at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Wyoming

Model railroad

 

More Info

Admission to the Cheyenne Depot Museum is US$8 for adults. Children under 12 are free. It’s open daily.

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