Curt Gowdy State Park
After our quick visit to Laramie we were off to Cheyenne. We weren't going to be stopping here originally but we got a call from our nephew in Virginia that he'd be doing some work in Fort Collins and so we made some quick changes and stopped by in Cheyenne.
This is one of the non-electric. Many of these line the banks of the lake.
Here's our site. Nice cement pad with a picnic table and fire ring surrounded with grass.
There are hiking trails that go around the lake.
Very pretty lake surrounded by grassy hills and rocky pine mountains.
These were my favorite sites near the dam for some great fishing and protected from the winds.
We had quick storms that would roll in and then just as quickly roll back out.
We did manage a couple of fires which was nice.
They have a small interpretive center which has a nice display of Curt Gowdy and his life.
The Cheyenne-Ft. Laramie-Deadwood Trail starts here and runs 88 miles to Ft. Laramie.
In the Cheyenne Depot Plaza there is a lot happening. We caught the end of the Farmers Market and bought some Buffalo Jerky. You'll see many of the "Big Boots" here. There are 19 of them around the historic downtown. They are 8 feet tall and painted by local artists. Really cool.
The iconic Red Brick Wrangler Building selling everything Western.
On the other side of the plaza is the beautiful train depot. The Cheyenne Union Pacific Depot was built in 1887 from red and buff colored sandstone quarried near Fort Collins, CO. It's a small but interesting museum on one side and a brewery on the other.
Promontory Summit is where the Golden Spike (the final connection point) was put in connecting the Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento, California and the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska. This formed the first transcontinental railroad service in the United States. I wish I could've fit the entire map made onto the floor in one photo. It showed all the stops and dates along the way.
They had first class food service. The china was very pretty.
There was a creepy, but interesting, exhibit about Hobo/Tramp Life.
I would pick out some of the beer for Steve.
May 10, 1869, when the last spike was put into place at Promontory Summit, Utah. Union Pacific’s celebratory event marks the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.
The Big Boy’s return took more than two years of restoration. Of the eight still in existence, No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive. It left Cheyenne May, 4 following a 9:30 a.m. christening ceremony at the historic Cheyenne Depot. I can't believe we just missed it. That would've sure been something to see!
After all that walking around we went to a park with lots of green grass so Hurley could run around a bit. He was a very happy guy chasing sticks and squirrels.
My "guys" resting.
One of the Big Boys also at the park.
And last but not least. We took our nephew out for an early birthday dinner. He was here for a couple weeks from Virginia. We planned to meet up after he got off work at the Senator's Steakhouse near the Colorado border. It's part of Terry's Bison Ranch and they use their own. We wanted Michael to try his first buffalo steak. As it turned out they were having a wedding that evening and that wasn't so great for the rest of the customers. We were seated outside on an enclosed porch without much heat and no windows. No ambiance at all. The young waitress didn't know much about the menu or preparation. She messed up just about everything we ordered and how we wanted our steaks cooked. We were trying to be understanding since I'm sure the wedding took up much of their attention. The food wasn't very good either. We wouldn't recommend this place. It was great to see Michael again!
Another great place we'll come back to.