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The Great Cheyenne Chicken Heist of 1887

Edwin Booth was one of the most famous and beloved actors in American history, even after his younger brother John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865...

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Reverend John Young Cowhick is one of many family members laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne. Rick Roddam, Townsquare Media
Reverend John Young Cowhick is one of many family members laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne. Rick Roddam, Townsquare Media
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A Good Friday Tribute to One of Cheyenne’s First Ministers, Dr. John Cowhick

In 1876, less than a decade after Cheyenne was founded and four years before Wyoming would officially become a state, the Cowhick family arrived in the bustling boom town...

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Wyoming History: The Year Coffee Was Banned in Casper and Cheyenne

Imagine a world without coffee. That's the world Wyoming woke up to on April 7, 1943, when the sale of coffee was officially banned in Casper and Cheyenne...

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Happy 109th Birthday to Cheyenne’s Atlas Theatre

109 years ago today, the historic Atlas Theatre celebrated its grand opening in Downtown Cheyenne.

Constructed in 1887, the Atlas Building originally housed a ground floor candy shop and upstairs office space...

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Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives
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Wyoming’s First Prominent African-American Businessman, Tilford Ashford

As we observe Black History Month, here's the remarkable story of Wyoming's first prominent African-American businessman, Tilford Ashford...

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On This Day In Cheyenne History – Two Hanged By Vigilantes

It was not a good day for two men accused of different crimes in Cheyenne. It was on this day in 1868, that two men were hanged by local vigilantes.

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Flashback Friday: Remembering The Mayflower Cafe in Cheyenne

This week, I had dinner at the new Bejo Asian Restaurant on 112 West 17th Street in downtown Cheyenne.

In between bites of walnut shrimp, I couldn't help what wonder what that building must have been like during its heyday as the legendary Mayflower Cafe...

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The Warren-Nagel Mansion was the first home in Wyoming with electricity. Wyoming State Archives.
The Warren-Nagel Mansion was the first home in Wyoming with electricity. Wyoming State Archives.
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134 Years Ago Today: Wyoming’s First Electric Lights

Today marks an interesting anniversary in Wyoming history. 134 years ago, on January 5, 1883, Cheyenne became the first town in the west to install electric lights...

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How Often Does It Snow on Christmas Day in Cheyenne?

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you might get your wish this year.

Believe it or not, snowfall on Christmas day is relatively rare here in Cheyenne...

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Courtesy of Wyoming State Archives
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100 Years Ago: Fire Destroys Cheyenne’s Legendary Inter-Ocean Hotel

This week marks the 100th anniversary of an infamous Cheyenne tragedy. Dec. 17, 1916, The Inter-Ocean Hotel burned the ground, killing a family of six...

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