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Cheyenne Depot Museum

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Frontier Days - Cheyenne Depot, Wyoming

Photo by Chris Muller
Chris Muller's Frontier Days Gallery

   One of the most prominent landmarks of the Union Pacific Railroad is the Cheyenne Depot. This Wyoming city view shows the U.P. #844 Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844 as it steamed into the beautiful Cheyenne Depot from Denver. Last year more than 800 passengers enjoyed the Denver Post Frontier Days train pulled by Union Pacific's living legend, a 1944 steam engine. The 844 returned to service in 2006 after a most extensive overhaul. The 844 was the last steam engine built for the Union Pacific. Since its retirement, the steam engine has logged thousands of miles, making appearances from Spokane to New Orleans.
   The annual Denver Post train run made its first trip in 1908 with Frederick G. Bonfils and 100 guests. All were invited to spend the day reliving the spirit of the Old West in Cheyenne. Union Pacific 844 nearling the Colorado Border
   The train station is now home for the Cheyenne Depot Museum. This grand 19th century depot exhibits an exquisite Richardsonian-Romanesque design and superb craftsmanship. Built with red and buff colored sandstone, topped off with its eye-catching clock tower and its interior lined with red oak, the structure was opened with a grand ceremony in 1887. The 1,100 pound Seth-Thomas clock was added in 1890 and instantly became the Cheyenne landmark, easily seen from 10 blocks away.

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