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Wyoming State Capitol, Cheyenne

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The Wyoming State Capitol is the state capitol and seat of government of the U.S. state of Wyoming. Built between 1886 and 1890, the capitol is located in Cheyenne and contains the chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature and well as the office of the Governor of Wyoming. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark during 1987.HistoryThe construction of the capitol began prior to Wyoming gaining statehood. Born in 1867 in the path of the transcontinental railroad, the Union Pacific crews arrived as they laid the tracks westward. Cheyenne soon laid claim to a higher status than older Wyoming settlements such as those at Fort Laramie, Fort Bridger, and the mining town of South Pass City, changing Cheyenne from a village to a city in a matter of months. The seat of the new Territorial government was established in Cheyenne in 1869.1886, the Ninth Territorial Legislative Assembly authorized construction of the State Capitol. A five member commission, appointed by Governor Francis E. Warren, was charged with the selection and purchase of the site, selection of an architect and accepting the lowest bids for construction of the building. The commission chose the firm of David W. Gibbs & Company, Architects, to draw plans and specifications. These were accepted in July 1886 and the contraced to the lowest bidder, Adam Feick & Brothers, who broke ground on September 9, 1886.The Tenth Territorial Legislative Assembly convened in the unfinished building. The two small wings on the east and west were completed in 1890. Crowded conditions persisted with the growth of the state and in 1915 the Thirteenth legislature approved the construction of the House and Senate Chambers, which were completed in March 1917.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Everything is blocked off there, don't waste your time. Looks like they are redoing the outside as well as some interior.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    For TripAdvisor Travelers seeking to visit the interior of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, please note the Capitol is currently closed for major updates and renovations. According to staff at t...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Many states have a lot to show in their capitals. Wyoming is not bad, and this is probably one of the best stops in Cheyenne, but there state capital looks like many County Seats and some City Halls I...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Closed until 2018!!! Remodeling Wish we would of have known. Google even says open today.
  • June 22, 2017
    Place was under heavy renovations when we were there
  • October 21, 2016
    Could not get in -- renovation started in 2015. HUGE expansion underway. Could still see the dome. Some of the interesting features around the Capitol, like the Liberty Bell replica, are in disrepair.
  • May 2, 2017
    I always love visiting State Capitols.
  • November 9, 2016
    Very calm place! The site is closed for restoration when we went there, and one local lady told us that the restoration project is about two years.

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