04.05.2016 - 04.05.2016 10 °C
Room 133, Best Western Hotel, Nephi, Utah
16.50, Friday 6 May
Today, Friday, we've left behind the North Platte River, but not the railroad, in the process of shifting our location into Nevada and its only National Park (via this stop for the night in Utah). Meanwhile, back to Wednesday, when we fell in love with Cheyenne, capital of Wyoming. And here's the story.
We drove from the hotel near the Interstate and found a place for a rare "proper" breakfast - we've been surviving on the "free" motel breakfast till now.
Eggs over-easy and sausage pattie for John, Corned Beef Hash, again, for Bob
And then round the corner we found the Capitol Building where the Wyoming state legislature sits and all the business of state is carried out as well as in the surrounding buildings like the Supreme Court of Wyoming. Remember that the USA consists of 50 individual states, each an individual political entity, sharing its sovereignty with the Federal Government.
Unfortunately the Capitol building is closed for repairs.... until 2019, as least. One man on his own seemed to be doing the work. But as we watched, he packed up and walked off!
Round the corner from the Capitol, were smart residential streets. We could easily park wherever we wanted for 2 hours without charge. There was only gentle traffic. Everyone was friendly and Bob gave the ultimate accolade "I could live here"! When I told this to the lady at the Rail Depot museum she said "he wouldn't have said that if he'd been here last week" when they had terrible storms.
It started as a railroad town and became "hell on earth" in the frontier days. Historic downtown is right next to the legislature buildings, making it a compact town. We're sure there must have been some, but we saw no Walmart, CVS or Walgreens Pharmacies.
We started with the State Museum, toured the historic Governor's Mansion, had a cup of coffee in the Paramount Cafe, then toured the Railroad Depot museum and model railway. All of them were wonderful.
Images from the State Museum
From the beautifully restored Governor's Mansion. The guide there had been to Cardiff University so Bob and she had a lot to chat about! The last picture is of the wonderful sun balcony
All clean and tidy. Historic Downtown, including the Railroad Depot with the tower
From the Railroad Depot and Museum. The golden age of travel
We popped into "Wranglers" western store which is now part of the Bootbarn chain. We were attended to by a young, spotty, cowboy from Florida, poor lad. Bob bought a pair of Wrangler jeans and we both bought some work T Shirts which seem to last for ever.
We then drove out to the stadium where the annual "Frontier Days" event is centred. Last year it attracted 200,000 visitors. Rodeos, street parades, concerts, everything for the Western enthusiast and budding cowboy. Can we make it in July when it will be the 120th Frontier Day?!?
By the stadium is yet another "museum" known as "Frontier Days Museum of the West". We were greeted by a lady at the desk who would no doubt admit to have lived for well over 80 happy years. And she held court for around 20 minutes telling us all about the event, the parades, which have the most horses of any parade in the world, and the museum which has a stunning colletion of carriages, and of Western art. Each year, local worthy families purchase works of art which are donated to the museum.
We loved it all!
We drove back to Downtown for dinner in the historic Albany restaurant.
John had grilled chicken salad (see!) and Bob had the house special, an enormous chicken fried steak