Saturday, September 27, 2014

9-25 to 9-27-2014 Cheyenne, Wyoming

Our main reason for stopping in Cheyenne was to see Cara's friend from college, Brian Beadles.  We had a delicious dinner at his house and met his wonderful wife and two adorable children.  (Of course, we forgot to take pictures of that.)  We also checked out downtown Cheyenne, went to the farmers market, and visited a Sierra Trading Post outlet (we have ordered online from them for many, many years now).  After Cheyenne we headed 90 miles south to Denver, Colorado.

On our way from Salt Lake City to Cheyenne we stopped in the town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.  We looked at their
"historic" downtown area, and Bitter Creek Brewing  was about the only thing going on.

The brew pub was nice, and seemed to have decent food, and the workers were friendly.  In fact, one of the bartenders was
from Vincennes, Indiana!

The Wyoming State Museum was very nice, and free!

A diorama of Wyoming wildlife

Wyoming is the leading producer of a type of mineral used to make soda ash which is used in all sorts of stuff

Wyoming is the nations leading coal producers and they have some pretty tall veins of coal

24% of America's coal is produced in Wyoming

A whole building made of fossils

These are links from a big drag line coal mining machine

This was the dragline

The State House.  The sky was amazing that day.  Cheyenne is over 1 mile high

Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote

Cara actually found a cute little restaurant (Pizzeria Venti) that served gluten-free pizza!

by the train station they had a really weird little town setup...don't know why.

This was the Saturday farmers market, which seemed well attended.

The farmers market is in Cheyenne Depot Plaza downtown.

These boots (all decorated differently) are scattered throughout Cheyenne.

The old depot is right next to where the farmers market is held.

The beautiful old depot now houses a museum, gift shop, and restaurant/brewery.

This train is the last of the line of the steam engines and was the most powerful one built.  It was used on the Cheyenne to
Salt Lake City run and they said it logged 440,000 miles

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