Historical Marker Monument: Cheyenne's Heritage at a Glance
This large monument features six detailed historical markers describing the the history of the the Cheyenne region from prehistoric times to 1950. The markers are: Prehistoric Cheyenne - Those First to Live Here; The Native American Indians - The Early Residents; Cheyenne 1860-1890 - The Early Years; Cheyenne 1860-1890 - The Early Years (continued); Cheyenne 1890 to 1920 - From Frontier Town to Modern City; and, Cheyenne 1920 to 1950 - The Recent Past. The markers discuss the evolution of Cheyenne as a dusty frontier town founded along the Transcontinental Railroad to the modern city it is today. They examine how Western expansion forced Native American tribes to move westward in search of land and food (mainly bison herds), the the conflicts that inevitably arose between Natives and settlers, the cattle ranch industry, the onset and development of tourism, and the various industries that sustain the city today.
All photos by: Barry Swackhamer