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Cheyenne in a nutshell

Cheyenne is situated in the southeast corner of the state of Wyoming in Laramie County. Its name is most commonly attributed to the Native Americans in the area whose name was given them by the Sioux. It was originally pronounced "Shay-an-nah" and is thought to mean "people of a different tongue".

Fort Laramie to the north, Laramie City to the west, and Laramie County were named after an early French fur trapper who roamed the region, Jacques La Ramie. In 1867, Laramie County along with only three other large counties formed the new territory and stretched from what is now the top of Wyoming to the Colorado state line, ten miles south of Cheyenne.

On March 28, 2004, Cheyenne was recognized along with 19 other communities by the White House for its efforts in historic preservation.

Cheyenne has been recognized as the nation's #5 True Western Town February 2007. Cheyenne is world famous for the Frontier Days, and rightly so," says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. "But it has a variety of other remarkable events, as well, that celebrate the local heritage.

And its recent restorations-the Union Pacific Depot, the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol Building and the Plains Hotel among others-show the commitment to preserving and maintaining the Old West. Cheyenne richly deserves recognition as a True Western Town

The Wyoming Capitol is a dominant structure on the Cheyenne skyline.
The Wyoming Capitol is a dominant structure on the Cheyenne skyline.



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