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Why Is Cheyenne Called The Magic City Of The Plains?

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There are a few stories going around about how Cheyenne got the nickname THE MAGIC CITY OF THE PLAINS. The most known is pretty simple.

In 1867 Cheyenne got its start when the Union Pacific Railroad arrived on its march to the west coast. The town site was surveyed by General Grenville Dodge and named after a local Indian Nation. Settlement was so swift that the town earned the nickname Magic City of the Plains.

Here’s one my wife told me about in her research into Cheyenne.

“Cheyenne is a western realization of an eastern tale of enchantment,” wrote the Chicago Times about the city on November 15, 1867. “It’s a city that sprang into existence in a night, in obedience to the waving of a magician’s wand over a patch of wild buffalo grass. The magician was American enterprise; this wand resembled a bar of railroad iron a thousand miles long.” From VISIT CHEYENNE

No matter how the name came to be, it’s one great place to live and work.

 

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