Look Up, Cheyenne! A Walking Tour of Cheyenne, Wyoming
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 by Cruden Bay Books
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In 1867 General Grenville Dodge, chief engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, selected a favorite camping spot on the Crow Creek to be a terminal town for the railroad’s transcontinental line building west from Omaha. When word got out about the decision so many land speculators and entrepreneurs - and gamblers and other assorted boomtown ne’er-do-wells - descended on “Crow Creek Crossing” that there was a town of 4,000 people waiting for the railroad when the track reached the settlement in November of 1867. The appearance of a town where the gradual slope of the prairie meets the steepening grades of the Laramie Mountains where none existed mere weeks before earned Cheyenne the sobriquet of “Magic City of the Plains.”