Condos in Cheyenne
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Here's why you should head west to a condo in Cheyenne, Wyoming!
Cheyenne is one of the few cities in the state of Wyoming that continues to expand, both economically and by population. The city is ranked number one for its cost-of-living affordability but it’s the botanic gardens, beautiful parks and 40-mile pedestrian and cycling trail which attract people who are planning to buy a condo in Cheyenne, WY, and why the city is named “Trail Town USA.”
History of Cheyenne
History of Cheyenne
As the Union Pacific Railroad pushed west, it came across Crow Creek, which needed bridging. The railroad decided to create a townsite for its mountain region headquarters and Cheyenne came into existence, named by the townspeople for the Cheyenne Native American people. At the same time, the US Army built a fort a few miles further west, to protect the railroad. The railroad tracks reached the site on November 13, 1867, and the first train arrived the following day. Cheyenne grew so quickly it gained the nickname “Magic City of the Plains.” Initially a cavalry encampment, construction of Fort D.A. Russell began immediately. The fort was renamed Fort Francis E. Warren in 1930 in honor of the first Governor of the State and transferred to the US Air Force in October 1949. In 1868, the US organized the Territory of Wyoming, and the following year the governor named Cheyenne the temporary territorial capital. Cheyenne has remained the capital of Wyoming ever since.
Things to do in Cheyenne
Things to do in Cheyenne
Sports venues in Cheyenne include the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, Pioneer Park, Powers Field, Bison Stadium and Okie-Blanchard Stadium. The city operates a swimming pool, a spray park, a skateboard park, two golf courses, the Botanic Gardens, including a children's village, summer paddle boat rentals in Lions Park and a miniature golf park. It also operates the Greater Cheyenne Greenway system, a 40-mile trail which connects parks and neighborhoods. It includes many bridges and underpasses so pedestrians and cyclists can avoid roads and waterways.
There is a great choice of historical buildings and colonial houses which have been beautifully preserved and serve as museums today. The Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley is highly recommended. Visitors can get on and off at various stops to visit museums, do a bit of shopping, relax at a coffee shop or enjoy delicious cuisine in great restaurants.
Wyoming State Museum
The museum was established in 1895 to collect, preserve, and interpret a diverse range of objects, including history, art, anthropology and natural history. The museum’s permanent exhibits trace Wyoming’s past, featuring human history, major industries, paleontology, wildlife and landscapes. Temporary exhibits include a changing gallery that highlights different Wyoming artists.
Cheyenne Depot Museum
The Union Pacific Depot is the last of the grand 19th century buildings remaining on the transcontinental railroad, forming a strategic point along the Union Pacific Railroad, America’s first transcontinental rail line. In 1993, Union Pacific donated the building to the city, and it has since undergone extensive rehabilitation and now houses the Cheyenne Depot Museum and a brewpub/restaurant.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum
The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum supports the legacy of Cheyenne Frontier Days. It preserves and interprets the art and material culture of the American West, and offers year-round educational, cultural and children’s programs.
Cheyenne Frontier Days
At the inaugural event in July 1897, events included pony races, bronco busting, and steer roping. At the time, these were seen as tests of a cowboy’s skill. The inaugural event was so successful that the next year it was expanded to two days and a parade was added. The rodeo expanded over the years while its reputation increased. Today it is one of the largest and most authentic rodeo events in the world. It draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Complementing the daily rodeo action are behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding and a wild-horse race. A Native American Village, an old frontier town, a saloon, dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway, an air show, top-name entertainment, professional bull riding shows and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles.
Historic Governors' Mansion
Built in 1904, this grand Colonial Revival-style mansion was home to 19 of Wyoming's First Families, including the first female governor in the US. Docents orient visitors to the home before sending them on self-guided tours of the mansion.
Cheyenne is the least centrally located state capital in the US, sited at the southeastern corner of Wyoming, near the borders of Colorado and Wyoming, with the Rocky Mountains 50 miles to the west. It is 100 miles due north of Denver. The historic town center sits on Crow Creek. Cheyenne Neighborhoods Saddle Ridge Saddle Ridge is a popular neighborhood, particularly with families. As well as the Cheyenne Greenway trail, there are shopping centers and independent outlets, lots of walking trails and plenty of local parks. It is a lovely, friendly community with energy efficient homes that are modern in style. Thomas Heights Thomas Heights is a modern residential development and the first to be organized under the city’s Unified Development Code. As with Saddle Ridge, there are a plethora of walking trails, restaurants and entertainments to discover. Because it is quite a young neighborhood, it is popular with couples who are drawn to large yards and sizable interiors. North Cheyenne This well-established neighborhood located to the east of the historic downtown features traditional homes on large lots with many condos for sale. South Greeley Located on the southern boundary of the city with easy reach of downtown, this mature neighborhood of traditional homes has plenty of condos for sale as well as the development of new lots. Ranchettes Located in the north of the city, this growing neighborhood has substantial homes as well as condos for sale and many new builds. The Avenues Adorned with mature trees, this neighborhood is one that has amazing walkability and is near fun shopping and parks in downtown Cheyenne. If a brick bungalow with historic charm is your style, then make sure you check out the Avenues, part of the downtown which offers a multitude of restaurants, shops, bars, hotels, recreational activities and cultural events to enjoy. Lakeview This is a residential historic district, one of Cheyenne's original neighborhoods when the city was laid out in 1870. Most of the homes in the district were built between 1880 and 1930 for those who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Before 1900, most homes built in the district had simple Italianate, Queen Anne, or vernacular designs. American Foursquare and bungalow houses became popular in the 20th century. Rainsford This historic district comprises a group of Victorian houses, including the residences of a number of cattle barons, giving rise to the name ‘Cattle Baron Row.’ The district is located immediately to the east of downtown Cheyenne and includes examples of Stick, Eastlake, Greek Revival, Romanesque Revival and Shingle style architecture, among other eclectic styles of the time. The neighborhood includes the former Wyoming Governor's Mansion.
The city of Cheyenne is home to 64,099 people. The most common jobs are in office and administration, retail sales and management, clustered around government offices. The economy is heavily tied to supporting mining, principally coal, oil and gas, and agriculture, primarily the marketing of beef cattle and sheep. The state also has an important and growing tourist industry, serving millions of visitors to the state's parks and historic sites. Cheyenne has a consistent population growth between one and two percent annually, unlike other cities in the state.
Arts in Cheyenne
Arts in Cheyenne
For those who love the outdoors, Cheyenne is one of the best places to live and there is plenty to keep residents and visitors occupied.
The Civic Center and Atlas Theater have exciting programs of events throughout the year, including live music, concerts and festivals for everyone to enjoy.
Schools in Cheyenne
Schools in Cheyenne
There are 37 elementary, high and charter schools in the city. Public education in the city of Cheyenne is provided by Laramie County. The district is served by four high schools, Central High on the northwest side, East High on the east side, South High on the south side, and Triumph High, also on the south side. Due to consistent population growth, the number of students enrolling in schools every year is also on the increase. More than half of students attain the level of high school and college graduates, with a good number attaining degrees. The top private schools are Montessori School of Cheyenne, St. Mary’s Catholic School and Trinity Lutheran School. Some of the best colleges and universities include the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College and Embry-Riddle University. Cheyenne’s homes are mainly owner occupied. Although the city is dominated by the Air Force base to the west and the Cheyenne Regional Airport in the center of the developed area, there are still quiet residential neighborhoods.
Is This the Right Time to Buy a Condo in Cheyenne, WY?
Whatever type of home you are looking for, Cheyenne is sure to suit your needs, from historic brick-built properties to traditional and modern houses and condos for sale. If you yearn for the western way of life and endless open skies, home on the range could be home for you.
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