CHEYENNE, WYOMING is the State Capitol and its largest city with a population of just 60,000 people, no bigger my home town of Palo Alto. I guess that's to be expected for the least populous state in the nation. In contrast to the surrounding plains, it's a busy metropolis. Yet Cheyenne is much friendlier and manageable than other major cities.
The town was founded at the spot where the Union Pacific railroad crossed Crow Creek. So it was originally called "Crow Creek Crossing" but later appropriately renamed for the American Indian Cheyenne nation. During my visit I happily wandered its quiet streets with unhurried traffic, while enjoying the rustic brick modernism downtown architecture. The city was clean yet colorful -- and the glass facades of buildings cleverly reflect the blue Wyoming sky and puffy white clouds that drift above.
Adding to its small town charm, Cheyenne's "skyscrapers" are scarce, rising just a few stories to comfortably accommodate -- not dominate -- human activity. So what's not to like here...if you want to get away from it all?
Of course, the city prides itself as a railroad center and rodeo capital of the west, so there's proper emphasis on the fairgrounds, museums, and western art exhibits.
Week 16, Miles 1220