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During the 1800s, the pioneering spirit was alive and well. Thousands of farmers and their families made the six-month trek along the Oregon Trail , and prospectors ventured west, hoping to strike it rich.

While pioneers from this time are long gone, remnants of their abandoned frontier settlements linger throughout Wyoming, providing a rare glimpse into this bygone era.

Complete with old graveyards, original log structures and worn-out wagon trails, Old West ghost towns in Wyoming feed the imagination with actual artifacts from this transformative piece of American history.

Exploring Wyoming’s Ghost Towns

These Wyoming ghost towns transport you back to the 1800s, when the West was wild and hard work was fueled by aspirations of a better life.

1. South Pass City

South Pass City, a now deserted ghost town in Wyoming, has empty shops and a green landscape.

Nestled in a protected canyon, South Pass City is one of the best ghost towns in Wyoming. It boomed with the discovery of gold in the late 1860s and became one of the busiest cities in the region.

Approximately 2,000 miners lived in ramshackle housing around the city, hauled their gold to the assay office and spent it in the community’s then-thriving businesses. By 1872, work at the Clarissa Mine dwindled, and most miners had moved on, leaving behind the town they had created.

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What was once a deserted settlement is now a state historical site with more than 20 authentically restored structures, teeming with visitors who have come to experience its fascinating history for themselves.

You can partake in original pastimes, such as panning for gold in Willow Creek and ordering a sarsaparilla soda at the Smith-Sherlock General Store.

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Hunting for treasure in a ghost town: gold rush days in south pass city.

There’s gold in these hills! Travel back in time as we explore the ghost town of South Pass City during Gold Rush Days and search for gold in the river and mines. Get a look into this once bustling mining town that has all the original buildings in their original locations, plus the festival of Gold Rush Days to celebrate all things South Pass. Our hosts explore more of Wind River Country at Sinks Canyon and search for the disappearing river.

2. Atlantic City

Near South Pass City, this booming mining town enjoyed short-lived prosperity in the late 1860s. Atlantic City had nearly 2,000 miners, many of whom were vacationers or part-time prospectors looking to score gold, so the town had many options for leisure and entertainment.

Atlantic City reportedly had a brewery, dance hall and opera house during its heyday. Many original log homes and structures remain in this popular Wyoming ghost town, including a church and general store.

Atlantic City Tips

You’ll find Atlantic City 30 miles southwest of Lander off Wyoming Highway 28. The town boasts 40 preserved original structures. Be sure to stop by the Atlantic City Mercantile , listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

Additionally, you can shop the general store and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails at the Miner’s Grubstake & Dredge Saloon.

3. Kirwin

An original log structure with a dreamy mountain landscape in Atlantic City, a ghost town in Wyoming.

Situated on U.S. Forest Service land along the Wood River near Meeteetse is Kirwin, one of the most intriguing abandoned places in Wyoming. During the 1890s, Kirwin had 38 buildings and approximately 200 residents, many of whom migrated to the settlement during its gold and silver boom.

The town began deteriorating in 1907 when a massive snowstorm caused an avalanche, killing three people. In the 1930s, the land became part of the Double Dee Guest Ranch , visited by Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam. A cabin was under construction for Earhart when she disappeared during her around-the-world flight in 1937 that was never completed.

View the remnants of her cabin, which are visible about a mile from Kirwin, as well as an old hotel, small log structures, and mining machinery at this old West ghost town.

Kirwin Tips

The Meeteetse Museums hosts an annual tour of the historic mining town in August, weather permitting. The four-hour tour departs at 9 a.m. from the museum and begins on-site at approximately 10:30 a.m. The tour is free, with donations encouraged.

There are also Kirwin off-road & ATV tours that run from May to October featuring guided and unguided rides.

4. Grand Encampment Copper District

A log building amongst lush greenery in Grand Encampment Copper District, a ghost town in Wyoming.

The discovery of copper and the development of the Ferris-Haggarty copper mine in the Sierra Madre in 1897 gave rise to several mining towns, most of which are now quintessential Wyoming ghost towns. These include Battle, atop the Continental Divide, and Dillon established a mile from the mine.

Many buildings from the town of Battle have been relocated to nearby Encampment and placed on display at the Grand Encampment Museum , which now operates as the Battle Miner newspaper office.

For the most part, Dillon’s log cabins have fallen into disrepair, but at the ghost town site, you will see some of the deteriorating logs and can identify places where other log cabins were positioned. 

Learn more about these deserted frontier settlements at the Grand Encampment Museum, which has its own recreated town formed with historic structures moved from throughout the valley. Then, drive the Battle Pass Scenic Byway to explore these historic places and admire the area’s beautiful landscapes.

Encampment Tips

The Grand Encampment Museum is open seasonally from May through October. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., and it’s closed on Monday. Admission is free, with donations encouraged. Guided tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The town hosts an annual woodchoppers jamboree and rodeo in June, highlighting the town’s former glory days.

5. Eadsville

A group of hikers in Eadsville, a ghost town in Wyoming.

The Old West ghost town of Eadsville, Wyoming, is situated in a mountain setting at an elevation of 7,800. Charles W. Eads founded the city after he staked a mining claim around a large spring in 1891.

Word spread of the gold, silver, lead and copper said to be found in the area, and about a dozen cabins were built to house nearly 50 people hoping to strike it rich. Like other ghost towns, minors abandoned this area in the early 1900s once they stopped finding the precious minerals they set out to collect.

The spring where Eads first staked his claim is the center of this ghost town, which features foundations of a few cabins and a small grave. Don’t leave the area without visiting Casper Mountain, where you can find mountain biking trails of all levels and fat biking trails once the snow falls. Head into Casper for even more things to do.

Eadsville Tips

Eadsville is 12 miles due south of Casper on top of Casper Mountain. You can explore the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park, which is adjacent to the Fort Caspar Museum & Historic Site and shares the parking lot, which includes an Eadsville Historical Marker.

6. Point of Rocks Stage Station on the Overland Trail

Although Point of Rocks Stage Station is not technically a ghost town, the only station fully intact on the Overland Trail built in 1862, is undoubtedly a ghost of the past and a fascinating abandoned place in Wyoming. The station is located just south of Interstate 80 at Point of Rocks. Explore the building, and then walk west on the Overland Trail. Less than a quarter mile to the West, find fenced gravesites dating back to the 19th century.

After visiting this area with an Old West ghost town feel, jump back on I-80 and continue 25 miles toward Rock Springs and Green River . These southwest Wyoming towns have plenty to offer and are the gateway to the breathtaking Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area .

Point of Rocks Stage Station Historic Site

The on-site museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May to September, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, October to April. The historic buildings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May to September, and the grounds are open year-round, from sunrise to sunset.

7. Piedmont

A vintage photograph of the abandoned Piedmont charcoal kilns compared to the present-day Wyoming ghost town.

A little-known ghost town in Wyoming is Piedmont , known initially as Byrne. This Union Pacific Railroad resource town was settled in 1867 and became a wood and water refueling station that boasted saloons, a mercantile, a telegraph office and several bustling businesses. Today, just a few crumbling structures remain.  

What is most striking about the ruins are the charcoal kilns. These massive kilns were built in 1877 by Moses Byrne to help establish the logging industry. Piedmont and nearby Hillard were ideal charcoal-producing towns. Piedmont’s proximity to the railroad and the Uinta Mountains made it easy to produce and ship as many as 100,000 bushels each month.

Visiting Piedmont Tips

The Piedmont Kilns are located approximately ten miles from I-80 at exit 24 to Leroy Road. You can explore the charcoal kiln ruins, read four interpretive signs and enjoy two picnic tables daily from sunrise to sunset.

Pioneers of early Kane, a ghost town in Wyoming that's a popular destination for visitors from Lovell. WY.

Built around what was once a pivotal railroad shipping stop, Kane was located a little south of where the Bighorn and the Shoshone rivers meet, making its ferry vital to the transportation of cattle and lumber before area highways were paved.

Though its beginnings were small and humble, the town experienced a boom due to increased tourism and westward expansion. It grew from a popular recreation spot for farmers and ranchers to a full-fledged city with a school, a bank and two hotels.

Due to the town’s waterfront proximity, the construction of the Yellowtail Dam led to Kane’s condemnation, as it was sure to be flooded when the Bighorn Lake reservoir was full. The community sold their land to the government, and the remains of this once-bustling city flooded in 1967.

Visiting Kane Tips

Today, Kane is among the most quiet and serene of the old West ghost towns, as it wasn’t ever formally relocated or revitalized. There are bridge pillars and a railroad marker still visible to tourists, as well as the Kane/Iona Cemetery, still in use from the time of the town’s founding.

Officially part of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area , curious travelers can find the site of Kane amid their outdoor adventures there or take a short drive to Lovell and visit the Lovell-Kane Area Museum to learn more.

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7 of Wyoming’s Best Ghost Towns to Explore Today

By Joseph A. Williams Last updated January 19, 2023

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Wyoming’s ghost towns are relics of gold rushes – and even feature Calamity Jane.

To feel the Old West in a palpable way, you need to visit a ghost town. The abandoned buildings of a once thriving settlement give an insider view to how people lived at that time and place.

Each ghost town tells its own story, but they are all linked by transience, in which these communities were undone by one factor or another. For example, a railroad moved its line, or the Oregon Trail ended as a major migration route. In almost all cases, a town’s passage into the afterlife was heralded by its dependence on just one economic factor.

Ghost towns are a fixture of Old West history and lore, and for good reason: there are hundreds of them scattered throughout the West. Some of the finest examples of ghost towns are found in Wyoming, of which a handful have been marvelously well-preserved by conservationists.

Related read : 17 Epic Facts about the Transcontinental Railroad

Famous Ghost Towns in Wyoming

This article isn’t an exhaustive list of all of Wyoming’s ghost towns, but rather a detailed excursion to some of the most prominent ones you can visit to learn more about the Old West and life in 19th century Wyoming.

1. Fort Laramie

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Fort Laramie featured prominently in the history of the Old West and overland migration. According to Philip Varney’s Ghost Towns of the Mountain West , the site was first established as Fort William in 1834 before changing its official name to Fort John. By 1841 the site was commonly called Fort Laramie after the French trapper Jacques La Ramie.

Fort Laramie was purchased in 1849 by the U.S. Army to protect migrants heading west over the Oregon Trail. While named a Fort, it never had walls or any impressive fortifications, though it did at times carry a heavy military presence.

In its heyday in the early 1850s, over 50,000 migrants passed by or through Fort Laramie. It was in this context that the U.S. Army negotiated with Native American tribes the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851 , which negotiated safe passage for travelers over the Oregon Trail in exchange for annuities.

This treaty is notorious because it was reneged upon by the government. Later in its history, Fort Laramie served as a station for the Pony Express and the transcontinental telegraph.

After the completion of the Transcontinental railroad in 1869, the Oregon Trail ceased to be relevant and so did Fort Laramie. It was abandoned in 1890 and the buildings auctioned.

By the 1930s, the site had fallen into ruin, but in 1938 it was declared a national monument. The site fell under the control of the National Park Service and has been transformed into a museum with many of the original buildings restored.

Related read : 9 Reasons Why Fort Bridger was the Worst Fort on the Oregon Trail

2. South Pass City

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In the heart of Wyoming in the South Pass Region near the Wind River Range, a detachment of soldiers from Fort Bridger discovered a vein of gold in Willow Creek, and set up a claim in what was then the Dakota Territory.

A gold rush ensued, leading to the founding of the Carissa mine. The region between 1867 and 1869 revealed approximately 1,500 lodes of gold . The migration of miners to the area led to the establishment of several towns in the region, the chief of which was South Pass City .

South Pass City had an early reputation for rowdyism, and in 1868 was reported as being sparsely inhabited. One of the more well-known buildings from this time was a store house and shelter that was used to protect inhabitants in the event of a Native American attack.

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Originally called the Cave, it was also where inhabitants safely stowed South Pass City’s liquor and hence earned the nickname Fort Bourbon. As the Wyoming gold rush drew a torrent of settlers, the town’s population swelled to up to 4,000 by 1870.

The town featured saloons, naturally, but also a general store, a hotel, a school, butcher shops, a billiard parlor, and even a bowling alley. With such a population, the trappings of civilization followed. The town served as the Carter county seat while still in the Dakota Territory and maintained that status when the Wyoming Territory was carved off it in 1868.

The Ghost Town as Center for Women’s Rights

South Pass City also figured prominently in the history of women’s rights. William H. Bright, proprietor of a South Pass City saloon and mine owner, introduced a bill during the Wyoming Territory’s first legislative session in 1869 proposing women’s suffrage. 

The next year, South Pass City named Esther Hobart Morris as a justice of the peace, making her the country’s first female judge. She oversaw 26 cases during her nearly nine-month term.

Yet South Pass City was living on borrowed time. By 1873, the gold mines were running out and the county seat was moved to Greenwater. Despite a secondary boom in the early 20th century, the settlement had become a ghost town.

In 1966, Wyoming’s 75th anniversary commission bought the site. Since then, preservationists have restored 17 of the structures which are now viewable to the public . South Pass City is the best preserved ghost town in Wyoming.

3. Miner’s Delight

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Twelve miles north of South Pass City, gold was discovered in Spring Gulch in 1867. Miners quickly flooded the region and founded a new settlement called Hamilton City, which was probably named after John F. Hamilton, an investor in several of the region’s mines. The settlement quickly took on the more quirky moniker of  “Miner’s Delight.” By 1868, about two dozen buildings were put up in the new boom town.

Miner’s Delight was a fraction of the size of South Pass City. The 1870 census listed only 75 inhabitants of which over half were miners. However, at least two of these early residents were intriguing.

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One was Henry Comstock, who was famous for discovering the famous Comstock Lode of silver in Nevada. He never profited from that discovery and was, in fact, destitute. He ended up dying by suicide in 1870.

Another was a young Martha “ Calamity Jane ” Canary who lived there with her adoptive parents. She apparently helped nurse the miners through an epidemic and built up her reputation in the town’s saloons.

While Miner’s Delight did ship out tens of thousands of dollars worth of gold, it never stabilized into a lasting settlement. Part of the reason was the climate. Strong winds and bitter winters with an uneven water supply made survival tenuous. 

The settlement was also subject to regular attacks from nearby Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho. By 1874, hardly a person lived in Miner’s Delight, and despite repeated attempts to redevelop the community, it soon became a ghost town.

By the 1960s, the last residents left. Today, the site is controlled by the Bureau of Land Management , which offers interpretive guides to understand the ghost town’s eight preserved log cabins and ruins of a stamp mill.

4. Atlantic City

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The third mining town of the South Pass mining district was Atlantic City. This town was closer to South Pass City than Miner’s Delight, but like its neighbors, it too fell into steep decline by the 1870s. 

Unlike Miner’s Delight and South Pass City, there are still inhabitants in Atlantic City. This is because in 1960, U.S. Steel opened an iron ore mine. However, in 1983, the mine closed, and today only a handful of people still live there.

5. Piedmont

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Outside the South Pass mining district, one of the most interesting ghost towns is Piedmont.  This town was founded as a support site for the railroad by a pair of Mormon brother-in-laws named Moses Byrne and Charles Guild. 

Their wives, Catherine and Marie Cardon, journeyed with them near what was the Muddy Creek Station in 1867. The station, they realized, would be in need of wood and water, so they founded the town of Byrne and built a camp settlement. 

However, the nearby town of Bryan was creating confusion in the name, so they renamed it Piedmont, after the region in Italy from where their wives hailed. Tragically, Byrne’s 2-year old son was kidnapped by raiding Sioux. However, many years later, their son was returned to them by a Shoshone chief whom they befriended.

As the railroad developed, so too did Piedmont. Railroad workers joined the settlement. The demand led to the Guilds starting a mercantile. Houses, a hotel, stables, a post office, school, and four saloons put the town on the map. 

Piedmont at one point boasted 400 residents, albeit most lived in tents. Calamity Jane even worked in Piedmont as a teenager – she apparently had an affinity for Wyoming ghost towns. 

To service the railroad, Moses Byrne also set up a charcoal operation. He invested $1,500 to build five beehive kilns and used timber from the Uinta Mountains to produce the product. 

Three of these 30 foot tall kilns are still standing, a very interesting feature for a ghost town. Legend has it that Butch Cassidy buried some gold near the kilns which they had robbed from the First National Bank of Montpelier, Idaho Territory in 1896.

Like the towns of the South Pass Mining District, Piedmont was overly dependent on one industry. In 1910, the railroad in building a tunnel through Aspen mountain rerouted the railroad, and Piedmont suffocated and fell into rapid decline. By 1940, the last business closed.

Today, the ghost town is on a private ranch, but can still be visited .

Related read : 14 Facts About the Mormon Migration, A Classic Old West Exodus

6. Jay Em History District

While the above Wyoming ghost towns are among the best in the state if not the country, there are a couple of other locations you may want to check out if passing through Wyoming.

The first, built just after the heyday of the Old West era, is the Jay Em History District located some 30 miles north of Fort Laramie. This ghost town was built in the early 20th century and was connected deeply with the agriculture of the region.

7. Grand Encampment

A second region worth exploring is Grand Encampment .  This region grew from the development of copper mines near Battle Lake in the Sierra Madres in the 1880s. Several settlements sprouted such as Rudefeha, Dillon, Copperton, Rambler, Battle and Elwood, which all became ghost towns.

The region was never fully deserted though it was diminished – Grand Encampment became just Encampment. The region’s history has been preserved at the Grand Encampment Museum featuring restored historical buildings.

Discover more places and stories of the American West:

  • 5 Spectacular Native American Ruins in Colorado You Can Visit Today
  • Hope Deferred: 16 Iconic Landmarks on the Oregon Trail
  • Register Cliff: Where Pioneer Graffiti Becomes an Historic Time Capsule
  • 15 Native American Ruins in Arizona that Offer a Historic Glimpse into the Past
  • 7 Ghost Towns in Nevada and the History Behind Their Rise and Fall

Further Reading

  • Ghost Towns of the West , Philip Varney
  • Ghost Town: South Pass City, Wyoming , Johnny D. Boggs
  • Wyoming: A History of the American West , Sam Lightner, Jr.
  • On This Day in Wyoming History , Patrick T. Holscher

by Joseph A. Williams

Joseph A. Williams is an author, historian, and librarian based in Connecticut. He has authored three books: The Sunken Gold , Seventeen Fathoms Deep , and Four Years Before the Mast .

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From the outside looking in, Cheyenne can look peaceful enough. A small city nestled on the plains, just outside the foothills of the rockies. Hidden from plain sight, however, are stories and sightings of the ghostly, the spooky, and the haunting. Cheyenne has an incredible haunted history - much of this you can learn via local author Jill Pope and her book “Haunted Cheyenne”. In reading this book and looking at the accounts of others, you’ll find that it’s not just a few spots that are haunted. Indeed, it can seem like nearly every corner of Downtown Cheyenne has some sort of spooky spirit or ghastly ghost haunting it. 

In this list, we’ll narrow down some of the most haunted places in Cheyenne, just in time for the spooky season of fall and Halloween!

The Ghosts of Cheyenne’s Past

Cheyenne got its start during one of the most harrowing, exciting and, let’s face it, dangerous times in American history - the era of the Wild West. From the very beginning Cheyenne was a place of danger and excitement as much as it was one of success and riches. Gunfights, fires, accidents, and many other dangers could bring one’s life to an untimely end. Is it any wonder, then, that tails of hauntings, ghosts and odd supernatural happenings would be so prevalent in Wyoming’s capital? As one of the most historically significant cities in Wyoming, it's no surprise that Cheyenne would be home to many of the state's most haunted places in Wyoming.

The Most Haunted Places Near Cheyenne

To get a good idea of just where the most haunted places in Cheyenne are, and the stories behind them, we went to a pair of the experts. Jose and Angel Gonzales are part of the paranormal investigation team in Cheyenne called “PHOG” (Paranormal Hunting and Observation Group). Together they have investigated some of the most storied, if not outright haunted, places in Cheyenne. 

Jose and Angel have worked together with paranormal researcher Jill Pope and have even guided the popular haunted trolly tours in Cheyenne in the past. Jose says he can see things that many people cannot, and says it was a series of frightening events in his haunted childhood home that got him into paranormal investigations. He wants to understand the paranormal so he can help people who may be going through fear and experiences like his own. Angel says she is a Spiritual Sensitive, and can often see the forms of spirits and can sense hauntings. She got started on paranormal investigations after she began dating Jose. 

A trigger warning before you begin reading this article. While talking about haunted places can be fun and harmless, the stories that supposedly are the origins of those hauntings include sensitive themes including violence, murder and suicide. 

1. Atlas Theatre

Haunted Atlas Theatre building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Many older buildings have a troubled past when it comes to destruction in Cheyenne, but perhaps there are fewer buildings that have seen more sorrow and disaster than the Atlas Theater on Lincolnway. The first building built there burned down in the Great Fire of 1870. The next building was built quickly - and poorly - before being used as a music store. The weight of heavy pianos and other instruments caused the questionably constructed building to collapse, killing three people, including two children. The next version was built in 1882, but burned down in 1886. 

According to Jose and Angel, the building is most certainly haunted. Before they get into an investigation looking for the presence of a haunting, they try to eliminate other possibilities of what could cause the happenings. Jose says the first thing he tries to do is eliminate natural causes like creaking floors, noisy pipes and other obvious possibilities. The Atlas, however, proved to be very much a hotspot for the supernatural.

The Atlas Theatre is famous as one of Cheyenne's most haunted theaters. “When we investigated the Atlas, before I even stepped in,” Angel recalls, “I remember seeing two young boys in one of the second story windows. Then, when we walked in, I saw a lady on the west side stairway, just standing there. Sad, quiet. Very quiet.” 

That woman has never interacted with anyone, but has been reportedly seen by others before disappearing. 

Angel says people walking through the building may feel a heaviness or pressure or what Jose calls “psychic cold” which can cause goose bumps. In addition to all of this, PHOG’s investigation of the building produced Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVP, evidence. This included knocking when spirits were requested to do so.

Could the two boys Angel saw be the boys who perished so long ago in that tragic collapse? Who is the sad woman on the balcony? Perhaps the question you should ask is, will you see them when you visit?

2. The Cheyenne Depot

Haunted Cheyenne Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Completed in the late 1880’s, the depot is a visual anchor in town. If Cheyenne has an iconic silhouette in its skyline, the State Capitol and The Depot’s clock tower would be as iconic as it gets.

There  are a few stories associated with the Cheyenne Depot in terms of its hauntings. Jose and Angel investigated this beautiful building as well, and brought back several stories. It would make sense - with the railroad being present since Cheyenne’s founding in the 1860’s, it may go without saying that there would be accidents and deaths at this center of the city.  

A story from 1912 tells of a Union Pacific watchman who was murdered in the railyard. His name was L.J. Sparr. Being a former guard for the state penitentiary in Rawlins, Sparr had made some enemies of inmates there. One August night in 1912, Sparr was on duty with a former inmate, Charles Taylor, shot Sparr and left him in the yard. Taylor later confessed to the killing. Angel says she has seen the ghost of L.J. Sparr still wandering the area. 

Jose and Angel also tell of what they call “The Mean Man.” 

“When I first walked in, on the right where the museum is, I saw what I call the mean man,” Angel says, “He worked the railroad. He would hook and unhook the railcars. There were two young guys who had started working with him. They made a mistake, and the train cars smashed together and killed him. He died extremely angry, and he still is angry!”

Jose says the man messed with him while he was using his EVP equipment, cackling at him through the recording. On the East end of the building, in the Accomplice Beer Company, Angel says they found the spirit of a woman who was murdered in the 1940’s. 

On the second floor of the building, staff with Visit Cheyenne have heard children playing when there is no one else in the building. They also tell of a lady who haunts the second floor women's bathroom. Members of PHOG when they investigated ran into this entity, saying she was singing an old-time, happy tune. Staff members at the depot haven’t heard singing, but say there is most definitely a presence there. 

While not everyone experiences something at the depot, many would agree this is an active, haunted spot!

3. The Plains Hotel 

Haunted Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Amongst some of the most famous names of ghosts in Cheyenne, Rose, or Rosie, is perhaps the one most often referred to by spooky lore lovers in town. Rose’s tale, like many that lead to alleged hauntings, begins happily but ends in tragedy. 

The story goes Rose is a cheerful bride, just married that day and staying at the Plains Hotel. However, a well-known haunted hotel in Cheyenne. However, after her new husband leaves for the bar and is gone for a while Rose goes to check on him, only to find him with a prostitute. She would follow them to a fifth floor room, shooting them both dead. The distraught bride would return to her second floor room only to turn the gun on herself. 

Ghostly activity has been reported at the plains ever since. Some say you can hear Rose wailing, crying, and sometimes laughing, inside her room on the second floor. Others say the prostitute and the cheating groom make their way about the hotel at various times of the day. 

In addition to Rose’s story, there have been sightings of children in the lobby and the basement, only for them to disappear. Cowboys have been reported to be sitting on a bed when people wake up before vanishing. 

4. The Lincoln Theater

Haunted Lincoln Theater in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Lincoln Theater is one of the oldest theaters in Cheyenne, opening its doors in 1929. It was the first theater in town to show talking movies, and has since seen multiple renovations and reiterations. Today, the Lincoln is one of the premier live music venues around. However, this modern facade can't hide the building's reputation as a haunted theater. Of course the modern face of the Lincoln give way to the vintage nature of the building, and it can’t hide the supernatural happenings that have been reported there.

“We had a Crossover here, and it makes this building one of the scariest for us.” Angel says, telling me of an event that happened during a PHOG investigation. Angel says she saw man named Thomas who was killed after a fight over a woman. He and a fellow worker in the Lincoln, years ago, apparently were working the scaffolding when the argument happened. Thomas would end up falling to his death. According to Jose and Angel, Thomas’ spirit lingered there, wishing to depart. Jose, using prayer, says he helped Thomas crossover to the other side. 

Other incidents included spotting a person in a mirror when no one else was present, and the ghostly personage of a child was seen. Jose calls this building a moderate to high activity location. 

5. Wyoming Supreme Court Building

One of the more recent buildings on our list, the Wyoming Supreme Court Building was finished in the 1930s. The most famous haunting in this building is the alleged ghost of Wyoming Supreme Court Justice, Judge Fred Blume. Judge Blume, a German immigrant, was appointed as a justice in 1921, and stayed in the position for 42 years. During his lifetime he worked to translate Roman laws dating back to the 4th century into English. It was a painstaking work of love. But Blume died before he could complete his works - some say this is why his spirit is at the supreme court building where he allegedly haunts his old office there. 

“I believe Judge Blume is still there,” Jose says, “People I trust have given me eye witness accounts. Books flying off the shelf in the library area - I think the judge wasn’t pleased with where the books were.”

6. Francis E. Warren Air Force Base

Jose and Angel have investigated F.E. Warren personally and brought back some chilling tales. One building they explored was once an old hospital, including a children’s ward. There places in this building even the normally fearless military dogs of the 90th Security Forces Group won’t go. This makes it not just haunted but also one of the abandoned places that adds to the eerie atmosphere of the base.

“That’s building 34,” Jose says, “Security Forces Building. To this day, many of these military members who work and live there believe it is haunted.”

Jose and his team investigated the building with the blessing of the commander at the time. From the get go there were signs of serious phenomena. EVP picked up voices, including children. The airmen who were with the team told PHOG that they hear the voices often. Jose recalls going door to door on various levels of the building and hearing what sounded like conversations on the other side.

Then there’s the feared attic.

“The attic is so intense the military dogs refuse to go up there. That is the hotspot.” Jose tells Visit Cheyenne,  “We get up there, and I could feel a big pocket of psychic cold. It scared me and reminded me of those frightening times in my childhood. Whatever it was, it was intense. The military cops have felt it too.”

Of course, being an Air Force Base, not everyone can get on to enter this building. Nonetheless, Jose and Angel say it is absolutely one of the most haunted places in Cheyenne. The limited access is the only reason this spot isn’t higher on the list.

7. Deming Elementary School

According to Jose and Angel, there was a janitor who worked at Deming back in the earlier days of the school.. After an accident, however, he died suddenly in the school’s boiler room. 

Reports from other folks around the school tell of shadows in the windows, and strange happenings in the school. Urban legend has it that if you look into the windows, you’ll see your reflection, but also that of the ghostly janitor! Strange noises, flickering lights and other phenomena have been reported at the old school.   

Ready to Explore Haunted Places in Cheyenne, WY?

As you can see Cheyenne is full of stories of the creepy, the spooky and even the macabre. Reading, researching and talking to locals can be one way to explore Cheyenne’s haunted history. But you can also hit up the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley Frightseeing Tours ! The tours start just in time for the spooky season at the beginning of October and run through Halloween. Take a ride on the spooky side and learn more about Cheyenne’s incredible Haunted History.

Can’t get enough of Cheyenne’s fascinating history? Or interested in exploring more abandoned places in Wyoming. Take a look at our other posts here:

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18 Ghost Towns In Wyoming [MAP]

Last Updated on August 26, 2022 by Urbex Underground

If you’re searching for ghost towns in Wyoming, we’ve got you covered! Below are 17 different ghost towns you can explore across the great state of Wyoming along with their status and exact GPS coordinates.

We rate ghost towns in Wyoming based on their status. Here’s how our system works:

  • Abandoned: Is abandoned with ruins and structures in a decayed state. Great for urban explorers .
  • Historic: Preservation efforts have been made and sometimes plaques installed. Great for everyone .
  • Barren: Almost nothing remains of the town. Ideal for metal detectorists.
  • Commercial: Is commercially owned with amenities, restaurants, and stores. Great for families .
  • Semi-Abandoned : Abandoned areas with a small population in the area.
  • Privately Owned: Tours might be available but not open to the general public.

2. Fort Fred Steele

3. miners delight, 5. piedmont, 10. walcott, 12. south pass city, 13. encampment, 14. fort laramie, 15. atlantic city, 16. lost springs, the anarchist’s guide to exploration.

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43.87634, -109.29792 Status: Abandoned

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The town of Kirwin once had a population of around 200. At its peak, it was a thriving, small town. A sawmill, two general stores, a post office, and two hotels stood at the town’s center. There were also several cabins, stables, and sheds. Survivors of the mining town abandoned the site in the spring of 1907, and they left behind many of their belongings.

What’s Left?

While there are still no active mining operations in the town, the U.S. Forest Service and the Wyoming State Preservation Office are working to stabilize the site for future visitors. Rusted tools and equipment are buried in the overgrown mountain vegetation.

Residents of Kirwin left behind traces of themselves in the buildings. The remaining buildings are for tourists to explore. The buildings have an air of decay and the lack of sunlight can make the hair on your neck stand up. Some local wildlife has set up shop in the dark corners.

41.77801, -106.94634 Status: Abandoned

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Fort Fred Steele was established in 1868 to protect travelers heading west from outlaws and attacks from natives. As the Trans-Continental Union Pacific Railroad cut across Wyoming more people visited and stayed at the fort. This convenient method of transport also brought in loggers, ranchers, and miners who established settlements nearby.

Today, Fort Fred Steele lies in ruins just a few miles north of Route 80. It’s pretty cool to explore the unprotected ruins and admire the natural decay of a once-amazing structure. While it isn’t the most exciting ghost town in Wyoming, its still a cool ghost town to visit especially if you’re already headed down Route 80.

42.53301, -108.68066 Status: Abandoned

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Miner’s Delight in Wyoming is a ghost town that had only a hundred residents at its peak. It was one of the three towns that drove the Wyoming Gold Rush. The area was first settled by the Shoshone people before prospectors discovered gold in 1867. Miner’s Delight was the smallest town in the mining district, and travelers had to take great risks to reach this area.

 Today, the town has historical significance as one of the last remaining ghost towns in Wyoming. There are tons of original log cabins to explore, giving it a very genuine ghost town feel.

42.46135, -104.36967 Status: Abandoned

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Jay Em was established in the early 1900s as a service town to support ranchers and travelers in the area. During its peak, Jay Em had a general store, lumber yard, a stonework shop, and a few homes for the town’s full-time residents. In the early 1980s many residents had left the town behind due to dwindling traffic and a lack of opportunity.

Jay Em has a lot of structures and ruins left behind, making it one of my favorite ghost towns in Wyoming. The town is located in Granite State Park, and can require a 4×4 vehicle to access during harsh weather.

41.21699, -110.62624 Status: Abandoned

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The small railroad town and timber community once flourished, but the onset of the Union Pacific railway cut through the area and eventually abandoned it. In 1868, the town became home to about twenty people and was deemed the muddiest place on the Lander-Rawlins stage road.

The Piedmont Ghost Town in Wyoming is a relic of a bygone era, but today it is mostly surrounded by subdivision. Those who visit should look out for the historic buildings. Another ghost town located near the Union Pacific rail line is Sage. This town’s atmosphere is haunted, and it is said to be the most haunted town in Wyoming.

41.81355, -110.95824 Status: Abandoned

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The Sage area was the site of a historic railroad war between the Union Pacific and Oregon Short Line. The Union Pacific right-of-way passes through the town. Sage was abandoned during the 1950s and is now ironically overgrown with sagebrush.

Today, Sage is the last remaining town on the Union Pacific railroad right of way. It is a popular destination for ghost town-loving travelers. Sage is located on a secluded ridge with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, and is one of the most scenic ghost towns in Wyoming.

41.57559, -105.69422 Status: Historic

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The town was named after Frank Bosler, who owned the Diamond Ranch, which was located in the area. In the early 20th century, Bosler was a small railroad-shipping center and road town. It had about 264 residents at the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, but it quickly faded after the Interstate Highway system was built, bypassing the town 20 miles to the south. 

Bosler lies within the county of Albany County, just north of Laramie. The community is known for its many historical sites, such as the Bosler Art Center, which was erected in 1890. Bosler is also home to many artists and musicians.

 Today, Bosler is mostly vacant, with just a couple of abandoned stores and outdated signs. Bosler is one of the many ghost towns in Wyoming that’s easily accessible from the main highway, making it a great quick stop during your weekend travels.

41.09776, -105.35081 Status: Privately Owned

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Built in the 1860s, Sherman was once a major stop on the transcontinental railroad. The town had numerous houses, as well as a five-stall roundhouse. When the highway was built it became the preferred method for moving goods and people, essentially bypassing the Sherman completely.

According to online research, Sherman is now privately owned with ruins scattered across barren land. Some of the most impressive features left behind are the Ames Monument and roundhouse ruins.

42.33024, -104.70551 Status: Abandoned

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This mining town was once a part of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, and was even placed on the National Register of Historic Places. After several years of laying a foundation for the restoration, an investor and creative entrepreneur bought the town in 2011.

The actor had moved to Saudi Arabia and Libya in his early twenties, where he farmed. In his mid-20s, he returned to Wyoming and decided to take a gamble on real estate. Before becoming an investor, Voight had dabbled in acting, music, and even owning a dancehall. Since then, his passion for the area has grown and he hopes to open it up to the public.

Fortunately, today visitors can see this once-thriving town, and learn more about its history. Sunrise is one of the most underrated ghost towns in Wyoming, with various restored structures and close proximity to the highway making it an awesome place to check out along your travels.

41.76107, -106.84503 Status: Abandoned

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Wolcott was officially established in 1900 after the town got its first post office. Unlike many ghost towns in Wyoming, Wolcott was a simple trading town offering travelers a safe and prosperous place to sell and trade their goods.

By 1918 the town’s population reached 100, with most residents being miners and workers who helped businesses ship resources such as wool, wood, and ore to other areas of the country. When reliance on the train died down, and the interstate was built, traffic to Walcott sharply declined.

While Wolcott is a shell of its former self, explorers can still find many original structures still standing, making it one of the best ghost towns in Wyoming to visit.

44.84356, -108.20288 Status: Barren

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Kane is an abandoned town that existed near the confluence of the Bighorn and Shoshone rivers. However, Bighorn Lake soon flooded the town, and the residents of Kane had no say in its disappearance.

Despite its demise, the town still retains its cemetery. Kane is one of the luckier flooded ghost towns in Wyoming to have some remnants left above the water, so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area.

42.46828, -108.79983 Status: Abandoned

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The town was a popular stop on the Oregon Trail and was a busy gold mining camp. Gold was discovered in the region in 1867, and South Pass City was founded soon thereafter. Like all boomtowns South Pass City eventually went bust, but not before passionate locals preserved much of the town’s buildings.

The ghost town is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Wyoming. It’s nestled in a small valley along Willow Creek, at the southeastern end of the Wind River Mountains. There’s plenty to see and do in South Pass so be sure to block out at least a day when visiting.

41.20607, -106.80013 Status : Historic

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While the town of Encampment was once a thriving mining town, the early 1900s brought the end of the copper mining boom. After the collapse of the Penn-Wyoming mine, the population dwindled to just over 200 people.

Nowadays, this town is primarily supported by the timber industry, ranching, and recreation industries. There are many reasons to visit the town, but it is important to plan your trip wisely as some of the roads require all-terrain vehicles.

42.20327, -104.55702 Status: Historic

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If you love history, you’ll want to visit Fort Laramie in Wyoming. Once a major trading post along the Oregon Trail, this abandoned post eventually became an active military post. Unfortunately, many of the buildings fell into disrepair over the years, but in 1937, the state bought the fort, adding it to the National Register of Historic Places.

The fort’s hospital is one of the main attractions along with the old cemetery and is surrounded by pale concrete walls. The roofless sanctuary is one of the most striking features of this ghost town.

Ghosts of other former military members are also reported to roam the grounds, including George, the former captain’s quarters. In the barracks, a hundred former soldiers are said to haunt the rooms. In Old Bedlam, a calvary officer is said to wander the grounds, urging visitors to remain quiet.

42.49662, -108.73066 Status: Semi-Abandoned

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The year 1868 was the year that gold miners descended on the region. At that time, there were two thousand miners living and working in Atlantic City.

The town continued to grow during the gold rush years, and its residents included part-time prospectors and vacationers. In the late 19th century, Atlantic City’s population had dwindled to just twelve people, although the post office was reopened three years later. After that, the town was nearly completely abandoned for 30 years.

The original log homes are still standing, as is the church and general store. A ghost tour is a great way to experience the old town and learn more about the history of mining in the region.

42.76552, -104.92524 Status: Semi-Abandoned

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Lost Springs was first settled in the late 1800s by railroad workers who were surveying the area. The town got its name after the first inhabitants couldn’t find the springs shown on the survey map. The town had around200 residents by 1920, many who worked at the nearby coal mine.

By 1960 the population dwindled to just five residents, and by 1976 the town was officially the smallest incorporated town in the United States.

Today Lost Spring has one resident, making this the loveliest ghost town in Wyoming. Explorers can check out the nearby ruins, along with the active Lost Bar, and Lost Springs General Store.

Go out and explore!

That concludes our list of ghost towns in Wyoming, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to find. Take the back roads, follow train tracks, and find some places for yourself. There are plenty of places I kept off this list so get out there and explore.

If you’re having trouble finding ghost towns be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Finding Abandoned Places , or explore other ghost towns across the country .

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Taking a Self-Guided Ghost Sighting Tour In Cheyenne

6 October 2022 / Categories, Blog

In Cheyenne’s more than 150-year history, it has seen outlaws, trains, and madmen. And that’s just the beginning of things!

Visitors to Cheyenne who love both history and ghost stories will be in luck, as the capital city has hauntings all across the area. 

If you are looking to ghost hunt in Cheyenne, here are some of the best places to do so: 

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  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

The ghost of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is basically a Cheyenne legend. The story has been around for years, but the way the tale goes is that two Swedish stonemasons were hired to build the church tower in the late 1800s, as the men had the masonry skills required to build the church. 

It should be noted that while these men were talented and hard-working, they did not speak English much, if at all. They were also in America illegally, according to Cowboy State Daily . 

While working inside the church’s tower one day, one of the men lost his footing and fell into the basement of the church. He died instantly. 

His friend panicked and buried the dead stonemason inside the tower wall. The next day, he left town and headed for South America. 

In the century since, there have been reports of strange sounds, people’s voices, and an organ playing by itself. 

ghost town in cheyenne wyoming

  • Atlas Theatre

It might not just be the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players’ actors you’re hearing in the halls of the Atlas Theatre in downtown Cheyenne, it could be spirits wandering the building. 

There are many legends about incidents that have occurred at the building, from a woman and child who died of exposure while in the building during a blizzard or a “woman in white” who allegedly floats through the building at night. One girl even reported having her hair pulled by an unseen force inside the theater. It’s fairly common to see strange orbs in photos taken inside the building, too. 

Few of the urban legends of the theater have been confirmed, but it’s still worth checking out if you want to have a ghostly encounter. 

  • Wyoming Supreme Court

Surprisingly, the Wyoming Supreme Court is not haunted by ghosts of clients who have passed through its doors, but by a retired judge instead. 

According to legend, late Justice Fred Blume was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1922, 15 years before the current building was even constructed. He retired nearly 40 years later, but after his death in 1971, courthouse employees began reporting odd sights and sounds. 

For example, unexplained footsteps have been heard, the light in Blume’s former office will somehow be turned on again in the night and books have been pulled from shelves and dropped to the floor. People working in the building late at night have also reported smelling cigar smoke coming from Blume’s office, and the late judge was known to be a cigar lover.  

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  • F.E. Warren Air Force Base

F.E. Warren Air Force Base is the oldest military installation in the U.S. Air Force that has been continually active, serving as a base from the days of the Spanish-American War, all the way to the present. 

While visitors won’t be able to explore the entirety of the base, there are still opportunities to search for ghosts. People on the base have reported seeing specters of late U.S. Cavalry soldiers walking the grounds and standing inside of some of the buildings. Rumor has it that one of the soldiers likes to cause trouble for the women working on security teams. 

Additionally, the ghost of a nurse has been spotted inside the buildings where women on the base were allowed to live. 

Cheyenne, Magic City of the Plains

Union Pacific locomotives still rumble through Cheyenne, as they first did 150 years ago. But after the railroad arrived in November 1867, skeptics questioned whether the town would last, as so many other end-of-tracks communities had died once the graders and tracklayers moved on.

Gen. Grenville Dodge had established the first Union Pacific Railroad townsite in the area at Crow Creek on July 4 of that year. Three married couples and three men arrived on July 9. First referred to as Crow Creek Crossing, the name of Iron City was reportedly considered for the place, which the railroad had already publicized as “one of the most important cities to be built between Omaha and California.”

Dodge and some of his friends are said to have renamed it Cheyenne for the Great Plains Indian tribe. The townsite, in what was still Dakota Territory then, was four miles square. By July 22, an office had opened to sell lots. On July 25, 1867, the first frame house was erected at the corner of Ferguson and Sixteenth streets. Construction of Fort D.A. Russell, a military post to protect the railroad, began a couple of weeks later.

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The life of this place was tied to the railroad. The first tracks reached Cheyenne on Nov. 13, 1867. A combination of construction challenges and the shrewd efforts of enterprising businessmen helped the town endure and grow.

Wyoming historian T.A. Larson noted that Cheyenne spent six months as an end-of -tracks town, “a much longer period than was allowed to any other Wyoming town.” Cheyenne merchants, he explained, supplied goods to railroad camps on Sherman Hill and also to Colorado towns as the Kansas Pacific Railroad built toward Denver. Larson also credited Fort Russell as being “a stabilizing force in the Cheyenne economy.”

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Growing rapidly, Cheyenne soon gained another name, “The Magic City of the Plains.” The Cheyenne Leader reported 200 businesses in town by November 1867. By July 1868, just a year after the first settlers arrived, the paper noted a population of “not less than 5,000."

Luke Murrin defeated attorney W.W. Corlett to win election as the town’s first mayor on Jan. 23, 1868. Early day revenues accumulated in city coffers from business licenses and fines. When Dakota Territorial District Judge Ara Bartlett ruled in March 1868 that only businesses named in the charter were required to pay license fees, city finances suffered. Eventually, a bond issue and even the sale of desks and tables owned by the city would become necessary.

Larson explains town citizens endured “disorderly behavior,” such as shootings, thefts and stabbings. Entertainment included dance halls and saloons. One barkeeper, James McDaniels, was known as the “Barnum of the West,” according to Larson, who stated McDaniels’ flamboyant attractions included a free museum, live theater and a zoo stocked with “porcupines, parrots, monkeys, apes, snakes and bears.”

Methodist, Episcopal, and Roman Catholics established congregations in Cheyenne; however, Larson noted, “Church folk were not legion in Cheyenne’s end-of-track days.”

In May 1869, Wyoming Territorial Governor John Campbell named Cheyenne the temporary capital , and the territorial lawmakers soon approved. Still, during the 1871 and 1873 legislative sessions, other towns, including Laramie and Evanston, were considered as possible capital cities. The cornerstone for the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne was laid May 18, 1887; the building was completed in the spring of 1890, with additional wings constructed in 1915.

The Durbin Brothers brought sheep to the area in 1870. In July 1870, Hiram “Hi” Kelly shipped the first cattle out of Wyoming, loading stock on railroad cars at the Cheyenne depot. Francis E. Warren, who would became the state’s first governor and one of its first two U.S. senators, was prominent in the livestock business as well.

Years later, Warren reportedly recalled the “rough and tumble” atmosphere of early Cheyenne, noting "Every man slept with from one to a half-dozen revolvers under his pillow, for depradations [sic] of every character could be expected at any hour, day or night." Another early stock raiser, Alexander Swan, is credited with bringing the first Hereford cattle into Laramie County in 1880.

The Cheyenne Club—patronized primarily by owners of the territory’s huge ranches—was established in 1880, but falling beef prices followed by the harsh winter of 1886-1887, brought a bust to the cattle business . Interest in the elegant clubhouse and its bar, billiard and reading rooms diminished.

The first Cheyenne Frontier Days occurred in the fall of 1897. Warren Richardson, the event’s first chairman, credited the idea, which he said was “born on the train” between Cheyenne and Greeley, Colo., to Col. E.A. Slack, editor of the Cheyenne Daily Sun Leader .

Slack envisioned a western show to rival Greeley’s Potato Day celebration. The first Frontier Day featured “cow punchers,” cow-pony and wild-horse races, bucking horses, stagecoaches and Indians as well as other events. Purses for the races ranged from $25 to $75. The newspaper reported that thousands came on the railroad to attend the festivities.

Fort D.A. Russell retained its military significance. Troops trained there for service in the Spanish American War and for World War I. In 1929, the fort was renamed in honor of Frances E. Warren.

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Aviation and defense

Transportation remained important to the city, with airplanes added to railroad tracks as technology advanced.

In the 1930s, Cheyenne became a major stopover for transcontinental aviation. Historian Rick Ewig notes that by 1935, United Airlines had scheduled a dozen arrivals and departures daily. In 1942, when flying was restricted on the West Coast because of World War II, United relocated its pilot training school to Cheyenne.

At the same time, the company opened a factory that modified military bombers, installing new guns and instruments on B-17s and B-24s. Workers modified more than 5,000 aircraft. Half of the 1,600 employees were women.

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Ewig estimated that the aviation payroll in Cheyenne, which also included the Civil Aeronautics Authority, Inland Air Lines and Plains Airways, totaled in the millions of dollars per year. As aircraft became more modernized, for example with the use of pressurized cabins, the airlines moved their hubs to Denver. However, United created a stewardess school in Cheyenne in 1947, where more than 6,000 women eventually trained. In 1961, the school was moved to Chicago.

Also during World War II, Frontier Refining built a special fuel refinery in Cheyenne for aviation fuel, which was critical for aircraft of the era, and continued its operations after the war ended.

In 1947, Fort Warren became a U.S. Air Force Base—now the oldest continually active base in that military branch of service. The base has no airfields, however. In the late 1950s it was chosen as headquarters for the Atlas ICBM missiles under the leadership of the Strategic Air Command. According to Ewig, by the summer of 1963, 200 missiles were located in silos within 100 miles of the base in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

In 1966, Mayor Herbert Kingham appointed James Byrd as the first black chief of police in Cheyenne, and Byrd became the first black police chief in the state. He served for 16 years under several different mayoral administrations before he retired.

In 1977, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, one of the largest missile-command bases in the nation, was designated a National Historic Landmark. Ewig called the economic impact of the base and its early day Fort Russell predecessor “incalculable.”

He reported that U.S. Air Force officials estimated the annual economic contribution of the facility in 1982 as more than $156 million, which included military and civilian salaries for personnel who comprised about 13 percent of Laramie County’s workforce.

Current trends

Cheyenne citizens elected their first woman mayor, University of Wyoming alumna Marian Orr, in 2017. She used social media extensively during her campaign. She plans to increase the number of police officers, which had previously decreased, and wants to eliminate blight in the city.

Population for the Magic City, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, was 64,019 on July 1, 2016.

State figures show that Cheyenne’s prosperity continues to be dominated by government, as it has been since the city was first established as the territorial capital in 1869.

According to the Wyoming Division of Economic Analysis, government jobs were the largest sector of the economy in 2000. There were 15,709 of them, or 29.4 percent of total employment. In the next two largest sectors, by comparison, service jobs totaled 12,370 and retail jobs totaled 9,822.

But the government jobs paid much better, on average, than jobs in the next two largest sectors. Total earnings that year were $868.1 million for government, $449.2 million for services. That averages out to slightly more than $55,000 per job in government, compared to $36,000 per service job.

By 2015, according to state figures, the number of government jobs had risen to 17,503, but because employment was growing faster in other sectors, government jobs represented only 26.2 percent of total employment. Government earnings in 2015 in Laramie County were slightly more than $1.4 billion, which comes to an average of nearly $81,000 per job in pay and benefits.

In 2016, Cheyenne Frontier Days total attendance was tallied at 259,193. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, considered to be the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, drew nearly 1,500 contestants competing for a total purse of more than $1 million. Other events included nightly concerts by well-known entertainers, free pancake breakfasts, parades, Indian village and art show and air shows by the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds.

The Wyoming Capitol, arguably the most important historic building in the state and a dominant structure of Cheyenne’s skyline, is currently being restored. The remodel of the three-and-one-half story structure, 300 feet long by 83 to 112 feet wide, is expected to be finished in 2018. The height of the center and wings is about 60 feet; the distance from the grade of the building to the top of the spire on the dome is 146 feet. All offices in the Capitol have been moved to temporary locations for the duration of the project.

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There is nothing more thrilling than walking down the street of an old ghost town. Believe it or not, Wyoming still has some old towns, but what about ghosts? There are many ghost towns in Wyoming, but not all are noteworthy. Some may have a few foundations left and some are on private property.

Today on the Top 5 at 7:45 , I'll highlight some ghost towns that may be worth your while and offer you some really good " Kodak Moments ."

  • Atlantic City (Fremont County) - This town was short lived. Born in 1868 and gave up the ghost in 1878. During its short life span, thousands of miners inhabited the town along with women and card sharks. Still, many of the original buildings remain standing to this day.
  • Miners Delight - Hamilton City (Fremont County) - Home of the Miner's Delight Mine, which was founded by Jonathan Pugh around 1967. Calamity Jane lived there as a girl and the land is now owned by the BLM. Old homes, mine shaft openings and gravestones are still an attraction.
  • Kirwin (Park County) - This was a very short-lived gold and copper town. Aviator Amelia Earhart really loved this town and asked to have a cabin built for her there. The construction of the cabin began, however Amelia never returned to live in it. The area can only be accessed during the summer. Prepare yourself to see old cabins, churches, gold shafts and such like.
  • Cody (Park County) - William F Cody - "Buffalo Bill" - was the original man who made his home on this ranch and then named the hotel after his daughter Irma. The town houses the biggest collection of Winchester Rifles in the world along with a rosewood mirror holder, given to Cody by Queen Victoria.
  • Lavoye (Natrona County) - In some people's opinion, this is considered a "true ghost town." No residents, old buildings and foundations with rubble can be seen. Best to use a four-wheeler to get her, if you can.

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union . What is your favorite 'ghost town' in Wyoming? Special thanks to Ghost Towns of Wyoming for good references for this article.

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South Pass City, Wyoming, by Kathy Alexander.

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Many towns that once boasted healthy populations and big dreams were deserted throughout Wyoming. Many have remaining buildings, while others have nothing or only an associated cemetery.

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During the 1800s, the pioneering spirit was alive and well across the vast West, including Wyoming . Across the Cowboy State came thousands of pioneers along the Oregon, California , and Mormon Trails , looking to make new lives for themselves in Wyoming, Utah , California , and Oregon . Despite its harsh climate, many of those hardy pioneers settled in Wyoming, becoming farmers and ranchers.

Atlantic City, Wyoming, by Kathy Alexander.

Atlantic City, Wyoming, by Kathy Alexander.

Bringing yet more people into the state were a couple of gold rushes, especially that of the Lewiston District, located near the southern tip of the Wind River Range, which would result in the settlements of South Pass City , Atlantic City , and Miners Delight , all of which are ghost towns today. Other districts that discovered relatively high gold prices during that era included Centennial Ridge, Douglas Creek, Gold Hill, Keystone, and New Rambler — all in the Medicine Bow Mountains. These mining towns and numerous others would eventually die when the mining played out.

These many people coming through the area angered the local Native American tribes , who had long called this region home and utilized the land as their hunting grounds. This resulted in several battles between the new settlers and the Indians . As a result, several forts were established throughout the state, especially along the many well-traveled trails. Places such as Fort Laramie , Fort Fred Steele , and numerous others.

Despite its Old West image, populating Wyoming was mostly a product of the transcontinental railroad, which came through southern Wyoming beginning in 1867. Before its construction in the late 1860s, there were few people in Wyoming beyond the military posts, stage stations, and ferry crossings. This changed when numerous railroad depot towns were established, including Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Green River, and Evanston. Dozens of others established along the railroad at the time did not survive.

Parade Grounds at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, by Kathy Alexander.

Parade Grounds at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, by Kathy Alexander.

In the next century, Wyoming, like every place else in the nation, was hit by the Great Depression . This caused many residents to leave the state, abandoning homesteads and closing businesses.

All of them, however, open windows on long-gone chapters of Wyoming’s history.

©  Kathy Alexander / Legends of America , updated March 2023.

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Abandoned towns with old weathered and dilapidated buildings that nature is overtaking are often referred to as ghost towns. At one time or another, ghost towns usually experienced a spike in activity until the town met its decline due to a change in its economy. Here are some creepy ghost towns in Wyoming that are considered mostly abandoned, however, some are on private property and do not welcome visitors. For those that are available to the public, there’s no greater thrill than walking through a creepy old deserted town or in some cases, mostly deserted. Check out the best ghost towns in Wyoming :

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Can I visit any abandoned places in Wyoming?

Lots of places in Wyoming were abandoned after settlers moved west. You can visit the following abandoned places:

  • Ghost towns like Kirwin and Gebo
  • Old outposts like the Mormon Ferry site or Fort Laramie.
  • If you're looking to learn about more recent history, visit the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, which was an internment camp during World War II. It's become an interpretive center to preserve the story of Americans who were subject to unthinkable torment here in Wyoming during the war, and it's worth a visit to learn from the past.

What are the creepiest places in Wyoming?

Some of the creepiest places in Wyoming include:

  • Fort Laramie
  • The Old Faithful Lodge
  • The cemetery at Gebo. Some say you can still hear the wails and cries of children in Gebo!
  • In Kirwin, paranormal investigators have found all sorts of activity from another realm.

Are there any haunted hotels in Wyoming?

The most haunted hotels in Wyoming can be found in Buffalo and Sheridan:

  • In Buffalo, the Occidental Hotel and its attached Virginian saloon are said to be haunted by a young woman who died on the upper floors of the hotel.
  • In Sheridan, the Sheridan Inn is said to be haunted by Miss Kate Arnold, who roams the halls and greets guests with her ghostly figure.

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15 Things To Do in Cheyenne Wyoming You’ve Got To Experience

T he legends and life of the Old West live on in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Originally founded as a railroad town, Cheyenne now stands as the capital city of the “Equality State.” Its streets might look unassuming at first glance, but take it from me, this Wyoming city is waiting to host you for your next great adventure. 

Known as the Magic City of the Plains, there’s no shortage of things to do in Cheyenne Wyoming. I’ll let you in on all the local hotspots and hidden gems in this town. On this list, you’ll find a taste of Western culture, cuisine, and family-friendly activities that will leave you saying, “Yeehaw!”

COOLEST PLACES TO STAY IN CHEYENNE WYOMING

  • Best Family-Friendly Option. A seasonal outdoor pool, golf course, and fitness center are on site at the Cheyenne Little America Hotel and Resort . You’ll also find a children’s playground and an outdoor hot tub at this family-friendly hotel. 
  • Best Indoor Pool. Comfort Inn & Suites Cheyenne is a 3-star property set in Cheyenne that features an indoor pool and an awesome complimentary breakfast. This hotel is located in the historic district, only a few miles from local attractions.
  • Best Budget Friendly. Days Inn by Wyndham Cheyenne  features an indoor pool, complimentary breakfast, fitness center and hot tub.

WYOMING STATE CAPITOL

You can’t miss a Wyoming State Capitol visit when you drive into town; its golden spire shines day and night, welcoming visitors to the city. During your self-guided tour of the capitol, you’ll discover that the gold dome is, in fact, actually covered in genuine gold leaf.

The state capitol building is one of only 20 state capitol buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks in the United States. Its walls and stained glass windows paint famous points in Wyoming history. 

The Capitol building has undergone renovations recently to reveal the historic charm and character previously hidden under temporary walls and suspended ceilings. You’ll want to look up at the original skylights, stained glass dome, and carved wooden reliefs that haven’t seen daylight in nearly 40 years!

WYOMING STATE MUSEUM

The Wyoming State Museum shares Wyoming’s history with the public. It first opened its doors in 1895 and has grown into a two-story facility covering the history of Wyoming from pre-historic times to the present. 

The museum’s exhibits depict the diverse cultures and wildlife in the state. In addition, you’ll explore the rich history of the Native American tribes that made Wyoming their home, along with the pioneers and cattle workers who followed the railroad west in the 19th century. 

My son’s favorite part of the museum is its “Hands-On Habitats Room.” The exhibit is perfect for the little explorers in your family; the room allows children to touch, feel, and experience the world of animals living in Wyoming. 

The museum also hosts a variety of workshops and activities for families throughout the year. If you happen to visit Cheyenne on the first Saturday of the month, you should stop by the museum and see what family event they have going on that day. Past events have featured Dia de Los Muertos dancers, Animals and the Olympics, and the Ice Age. 

CURT GOWDY STATE PARK

Take a tour of the Great Plains wildlife and visit Curt Gowdy State Park ! Located about 40 minutes from Cheyenne in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains, the state park is a favorite among locals for hiking, picnicking, and other outdoor recreational activities.

The park hosts outdoors lovers all year round. Come winter, ice fishing on Granite Reservoir becomes a popular pastime. Crystal Reservoir (located next to Granite) becomes a hot spot for boating, paddleboarding, and fishing for fresh trout in the summer. 

Curt Gowdy isn’t just for fishing. Horseback riding, hiking, and wildlife viewing are popular activities, too. 

One hidden gem at Curt Gowdy is its archery field and mountain biking trails. Archers can practice their skills in a secluded space among the trees. For mountain bikers, the courses offer a fun challenge set against the natural backdrop of the Snowy Mountains foothills. 

Make sure to stop by the visitor center here and check out the exhibits and info about Curt Gowdy.

WYOMING HISTORIC GOVERNORS’ MANSION

The Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion was home to 19 governors and their families. It’s one of the most beautiful historical buildings in downtown Cheyenne, and I would know — I drive by it every day. Its Corinthian columns, red brickwork, and the terraced lawn are straight out of a period romance novel. 

As beautiful as the outside of the mansion is, the inside is all the more inspiring. The mansion houses artifacts that depict how life and the mansion evolved from 1905 to the 1970s. You’ll take a walk through time inside, discovering everything from quaint dollhouses and children’s clothes to viewing the office where the Governor once signed Wyoming’s rules into law.  

One thing I love about the governor’s mansion is that you can learn something new every visit. You’ll find the mansion staff welcoming and excited to share the history of the building and its families with you, and happy to tailor tours to your interests.

CHEYENNE DEPOT MUSEUM

The arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad to a dusty spot on the Great Plains led to the birth of Cheyenne. You can explore this history and the engineering marvels of the railroad at Cheyenne’s Depot Museum .

This museum is excellent for the solo adventurer, but it’s also phenomenal for families. The Depot Museum features interactive displays of railroads, including several hands-on exhibits for children to explore. The museum resides inside the Historic UPRR Depot, the last remaining grand railroad station on the original transcontinental route.

However, the Cheyenne Depot isn’t just a museum. It also hosts Accomplice Beer Company, a delicious restaurant and brewery. As you dine, you can watch trains pull in and out of the working depot. And in the winter, the gorgeous depot lobby hosts a farmer’s market carrying local goods. 

TERRY BISON RANCH

A herd of wild bison roams on the sweeping plains that border Cheyenne. By visiting the Terry Bison Ranch , you can get to know these beasts up close (but not selfie close, as any Wyomingite will tell you).

The Terry Ranch has been home to many celebrities, including a president! In 1910, President Roosevelt enjoyed a steak dinner and cigar at the Bunkhouse of the Terry Bison Ranch. You can enjoy the same fixings as President Roosevelt at the Senator’s Steakhouse.

For a unique view of the prairie, you’ll want to hop on the ranch’s Bison Train. Or, you can explore the prairie while horseback riding (or pony rides for your younger cowboys and cowgirls). You can even stay in one of the ranch’s cabins or your camper on the grounds to complete your Western themed experience.

CHEYENNE STREET RAILWAY TROLLEY

What do ghost tours, Christmas lights, and the Wild West have in common? You can find them all on the Cheyenne Trolley tour! There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than hopping on the historic trolley bus to take a curated tour of Cheyenne’s best points of interest.

From May through November, you can hitch a ride on the trolley and get an immersive guided tour of the buildings and streets that were once home to outlaws, gunfights, and legendary cowboys and girls.

In October, Cheyenne lets their ghosts take over the tour. Fans of ghost stories will love taking a “Frightseeing Tour” to discover the city’s creepy tales and haunted buildings. 

For those visiting Cheyenne for the holidays, the trolley has a special tour just for you. The trolley takes visitors across the city to some of Cheyenne’s best Christmas light displays every year. The routes change every year, with only the cheeriest, brightest homes displayed along the way. So grab the cocoa and the kids, because you can’t miss this tour!

CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS

If you want to see Cheyenne at its best, visit us in the last full week of July, when the city becomes the rodeo hotspot of the world. Cheyenne Frontier Days , known by locals as CFD, is the largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world. It’s here that the championship bull and bronco riders dream of earning their spurs.

But there’s more to CFD than rodeo. Almost overnight, the fairgrounds become an icon celebrating Western history. Indigenous Native American tribes showcase their dancing and stories in the Indian Village while historic reenactors depict Old West celebrities like Doc Holiday at the Wild Horse Gulch. 

The whole city comes to life during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Downtown you’ll find parades, pancake breakfasts, and horse-drawn carriage tours. Nearby, sharp-shooting cowboys known as gunslingers put on reenactments of shootouts, while the historic Atlas Theatre hosts an Old West Melodrama show that will thrill the whole family!

The whole family can enjoy the carnival midway at Frontier Park in the evening. Catch a ride on the Ferris wheel to get a panoramic view of our breathtaking Western sunsets and view the city lights from up high. Also, be sure to catch one of our many night concerts that always feature the biggest names in country music, from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood. 

If you can’t make it to town during the rodeo, you can still learn all about it at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. It’s open daily, and features rotating exhibits about everything CFD.

CHEYENNE BIG BOOTS

If you happen upon a giant cowboy boot or two in Cheyenne, don’t worry, you aren’t dreaming. The city has 25 mammoth cowboy boots marking locations of importance to the community. For a unique tour of the city, you can go on a scavenger hunt to find all the boots!

Every boot features handpainted artwork from Cheyenne’s local artists. The project began as a fundraiser for the Cheyenne Depot Museum Endowment Fund. Each boot represents various aspects or locations of Cheyenne’s history. 

The boots are an unconventional, exciting way to view the city. They’ll take you from the main tourist haunts and along the locals know best through the streets. You can pick up a map from the Cheyenne Depot Museum and listen to their free audio tour as you seek out all 25 boots. 

NELSON MUSEUM OF THE WEST

The Nelson Museum of the West is a hidden gem located in downtown Cheyenne. Founded by Robert L. Nelson, the museum strives to preserve the culture of the Old West and Nelson’s “cowboy code” for the future.

When visiting the Nelson Museum, you’ll find exhibits featuring items of Western art, artifacts, and cultural exhibits that encompass everything from Native American people to firearms. The museum’s expansive collection of Old West cultural items is so large the museum can’t display all the items at once! 

One of the unique exhibits at the Nelson Museum is its military memorial section. The exhibits display the history of mounted calvary. The museum has articles from the U.S. Calvary beginning in the Civil War period through 1943 when U.S. Army cavalry units disbanded. 

COWGIRLS OF THE WEST MUSEUM

Not far from the Nelson Museum is the Cowgirls of the West Museum . The museum highlights and preserves the memories of the women who helped to pioneer and tame the American West.

At the museum, you’ll discover what it took to run a homestead, raise a family, and work as a woman on the prairie. You can ask one of the many cowgirl volunteers all about the museum’s fascinating collection of horse tack, western wear, homesteading artifacts.

The women represented at the Cowgirls of the West Museum stepped outside the lines and made history. While you’re at the museum, make sure to ask about the women who took on the world of rodeo and trick riding. You might recognize some of their names, like Annie Oakley and Lucile Mulhall, who were known to entertain presidents with their roping and shooting skills in the days of the Old West.

Admission is free.

HOLLIDAY PARK

One local haunt that you’ll want to visit is Holliday Park . While initially looking like your run-of-the-mill city park, Holliday is actually home to some fantastic Cheyenne history. As I’ve mentioned, the Transcontinental railroad is why Cheyenne exists, and Holliday Park keeps an essential piece of that history alive today.

To see this extraordinary piece of history, head for the south end of the park. There, the Big Boy Steam Engine has found its resting place. Known as “The Old 4004,” Big Boy is the world’s largest steam locomotive. Though retired, it holds a significant place in railway history.

In its heyday, the Big Boy steam engine endured a dauntless task; it climbed steep grades and mountains from Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah. Now, the engine guards a picturesque picnic area and playground that happens to provide a perfect space for the family to relax during your Cheyenne visit.

WYOMING TERRITORIAL PRISON STATE HISTORIC SITE

The nefarious ghosts of Wyoming past reside in the Wyoming Territorial Prison . The National Historic site began as a Territorial Prison before Wyoming entered statehood, and it evolved into a State Penitentiary.

Inside the prison walls, you’ll discover the stories of infamous outlaws and criminals. Some of its most notorious convicts included Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch associate Bob E. Lee. During your guided tour, you’ll learn their stories and those of the prisons’ lesser-known prisoners, too. 

The museum offers more than just tales of dastardly Western villains. You can explore their scenic nature trail, enjoy a delicious picnic, or go stream fishing in the Big Laramie River while you’re there too! Make sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out and grab some Wyoming-made gifts and snacks for the trip home!

CHEYENNE BOTANIC GARDENS

Across the street from the Cheyenne Frontier Days grounds sits a hidden oasis of calm and natural beauty. The Cheyenne Botanical Gardens is one of Cheyenne’s greatest treasures, featuring nine acres of perennials, landscaping, and a year-round conservatory for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The outdoor gardens meld seamlessly with Lions Park, another favorite escape for locals. The gardens include several scenic walkways through paths and overbridges straight out of a fairy tale. Rose gardens, gondolas, roses, fountains, and statues are just a few sites you’ll see along the way.

The jewel in the Botanical Garden’s crown is the Shane Smith Grand Conservatory. Inside its glass walls, tropical plants thrive. Exhibits featuring cacti, prehistoric plants, and Mediterranean foliage are just a few of the unique offerings of the conservatory. You’ll also find an Orangerie, bonsai house, and fairy garden inside its walls. 

PAUL SMITH CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

Just outside the Grand Conservatory of the Botanical Gardens stands the Paul Smith Children’s Village . This one-of-a-kind site welcomes children and adults of all ages through its gates. 

The village is an eclectic collection of water features, architectural pieces, and exhibits geared towards getting kids interested in nature. Its interactive exhibits include a wetlands area, outdoor Jenga, and a secret garden!

While planning your trip, make sure to check the Paul Smith Children’s Village’s website. The village often hosts drop-in classes that teach visitors science, horticulture, art, and other related topics. The classes are free and perfect for the future gardener or scientists in your family!

BIT-O-WYO RANCH

You haven’t experienced the real Wild West until you’ve stayed a night or two on the prairie. The Bit-O-Wyo Ranch provides a scenic Western escape, complete with a log cabin and horseback riding adventures. 

When you stay at Bit-O-Wyo Ranch, you’ll get to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature. The ranch offers a cozy cabin to accommodate guests wanting to experience the sights and sounds of the prairie.

Along with scenic horseback riding, you can enjoy easy access to Curt Gowdy state park and some of the best prairie views in Wyoming when you visit Bit-O-Wyo Ranch. On your way back to Cheyenne, you can grab a bite at the nearby Bunkhouse Grill, which offers some of the best grub on the range.

CHEYENNE WYOMING FAQ

What is cheyenne wyoming known for.

Cheyenne, Wyoming is known for being the railroad and rodeo capital of the United States. You’ll find plenty of museums, historical parks, western-themed attractions, and more here.

Is Cheyenne, Wyoming worth visiting?

Cheyenne, Wyoming is absolutely worth visiting! With museums, historical buildings, parks, outdoor adventures and more…there is something for everyone in Cheyenne!

When is the best time to visit Cheyenne?

The peak season to visit Cheyenne, Wyoming, is during the summer, specifically June through August. Hiking, camping, rodeos and nice temps make summer the perfect time to visit.

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Known as the Magic City of the Plains, there’s no shortage of things to do in Cheyenne Wyoming. I’ll let you in on all the local hotspots and hidden gems in this town. On this list, you’ll find a taste of Western culture, cuisine, and family-friendly activities that will leave you saying, “Yeehaw!”

Cheyenne Ghosts Tour

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  • Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA Your tour guide will be wearing a US Ghost Adventures t-shirt and will be holding a lantern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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  • You'll start at Wyoming State Capitol 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA Your tour guide will be wearing a US Ghost Adventures t-shirt and will be holding a lantern. See address & details
  • 1 2301 Capitol Ave Stop: 9 minutes See details
  • 2 1712 Pioneer Ave Stop: 8 minutes See details
  • 3 321 W Lincolnway Stop: 9 minutes See details
  • 4 301 W Lincolnway Stop: 8 minutes See details
  • 5 216 W Lincolnway Stop: 9 minutes See details
  • 6 121 W 15th St Stop: 8 minutes See details
  • 7 211 W Lincolnway Stop: 9 minutes See details
  • You'll return to the starting point

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    Ghost towns are a fixture of Old West history and lore, and for good reason: there are hundreds of them scattered throughout the West. Some of the finest examples of ghost towns are found in Wyoming, of which a handful have been marvelously well-preserved by conservationists. Related read: 17 Epic Facts about the Transcontinental Railroad

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  5. South Pass City, Wyoming

    A historic stop about ten miles north of the Oregon Trail and a once bustling gold mining camp, South Pass City is one of the best-known ghost towns in Wyoming, as well as one of the most authentic old settlements in the American West.

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    The Atlas Theatre building is located at 211 W. 16th Street. Deming Elementary School - Built in 1945, the school is allegedly haunted by a man who was killed in the furnace room years ago. At night, lights are seen flickering in the building, and clanking noises are heard.

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  9. Cheyenne, Magic City of the Plains

    The building was finished in 1890, the year Wyoming became a state, and expanded further in 1915. Wyoming State Archives. Growing rapidly, Cheyenne soon gained another name, "The Magic City of the Plains.". The Cheyenne Leader reported 200 businesses in town by November 1867. By July 1868, just a year after the first settlers arrived, the ...

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    By Caryl | Updated on June 16, 2020 (Originally published June 01, 2020) Everyone knows that ghost towns are scattered throughout the Cowboy State, remnants of a mining industry that boomed and busted. What might come as a surprise, though, are that several of these ghost towns in Wyoming are known to be haunted, too.

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  15. Sherman, Wyoming

    Sherman is a ghost town in Albany County, Wyoming, United States.Sherman is 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Laramie in the Laramie Mountains and is named for Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, purportedly at his request. From the 1860s to 1918, the town sat at the summit of the original grade of the first transcontinental railroad along the rails of the Union Pacific Railroad, at an ...

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  19. The Atlas Theatre

    The haunted Atlas Theatre in Cheyenne, WY, is an eerie reminder of the bygone Wild West era. This era gave birth to the "Magic City of The Plains.". Numerous spirits lurk amongst the shadows of the 19th-century theatre. Adding an element of wonder and dread to those enjoying the theatre's countless live performances.

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