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Facts About Cheyenne

20 Interesting Facts About Cheyenne

Facts About Cheyenne

  1. The city of Cheyenne was named for the Cheyenne, indigenous people of the Great Plains, who were closely allied with the Arapaho.
  2. “Cheyenne” means “people of the strange tongue” in the Arapaho language.
  3. Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Wyoming.
  4. Hiram M. Hook was the first mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1830.
  5. residents named the town for the Cheyenne Native American people in 1867 when it was founded in the Dakota Territory
  6. Cheyenne is the northern terminus of the extensive Southern Rocky Mountain Front, which extends southward to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and includes the fast-growing Front Range Urban Corridor.
  7. The city of Cheyenne also witnessed the marriage of the two famous actors Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, during the shooting of the 1980 film Tom Horn.
  8. Cheyenne is situated on Crow Creek and Dry Creek.
  9. In August of 1867, the U.S. Cavalry established Fort D. A. Russell, a military installation three miles west of Cheyenne, the fort was later renamed Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in honour of Wyoming’s first United States Senator, Francis Emroy Warren.
  10. The city of Cheyenne has a total area of 24.63 square miles, of which 24.52 square miles is land and 0.11 square miles is water.
  11. The estimated population of Cheyenne is 64,742, as of 2020.
  12. Cheyenne averages below 60% daily relative humidity each month and receives an average of 2,980 hours of sunshine annually.
  13. In 1881, the Wyoming Telephone Company first produced the first “yellow pages” in Cheyenne when the company ran out of white paper and had to substitute yellow paper while printing its classified section of 102 listings.
  14. Cheyenne is home to numerous noteworthy museums including Wyoming State Museum, The Nelson Museum of the West, Old West Museum & Store & Messenger Museum
  15. On July 16, 1979, an F3 tornado struck Cheyenne, causing one death and 40 injuries. It was the most destructive tornado in Wyoming's history.
  16. On September 6, 1920, Cheyenne Airport became one of only 15 national locations to serve an airmail station.
  17. Cheyenne is twinned with the following sister cities Bismarck, North Dakota, United States; Waimea, Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States; Lompoc, California, United States; Hammam Sousse, Tunisia; Lourdes, France; Taichung, Taiwan; Voghera, Italy & Accra, Ghana.
  18. Cheyenne was made the temporary capital in 1869 by John Allen Campbell.
  19. The famous author Ernest Hemingway married his third wife Martha Gelhorn at Cheyenne, on November 21, 1940.
  20. Cheyenne Frontier Days are scheduled to return in 2021, running from July 23 through August 1.
Facts About Cheyenne
Facts About Cheyenne

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