Wednesday, July 25, 2007

9. Cheyenne, Wyoming

In July of each year Cheyenne celebrates its western heritage by putting on a ten day Cheyenne Frontier Day celebration. A total western holiday with parades through town on at least four different days, a free pancake breakfast that feeds over six thousand souls, and one huge rodeo and western fair with cowboys and cowboy art of all kinds, carnival rides,…well you name it. During the rodeo everyone is out at the rodeo grounds and the town is almost empty. I had the local Starbucks all to myself.

When Wild Bill got here he didn’t stay very long, just long enough to get some supplies and hook up with Charlie and Steve Utter. They joined an oxen pulled wagon train that was heading out on the grueling month long trip to Deadwood. Today you can get all your supplies at the Cheyenne Wal-Mart. Tomorrow I head out for Fort Laramie, about an hour north of here. It was one of Wild Bill’s stops on his way to Deadwood.

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