Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 23, 2020

 

For pure luxury, it's hard to beat this 1885 Pullman car. I envision beautifully dressed women and wealthy men enjoying their ride in one of these undeniably opulent cars.

But not everyone traveled this well. Next week we'll explore the other end of the spectrum.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 16, 2020

 

Imagine the pride of having your photo taken with one of the locomotives you serviced. This photo was taken in Cheyenne in 1886, and like the others I've featured this month, is one of the exhibits in the Depot Museum.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 9, 2020

 

Oil lamps, better heating, more luxurious interiors - these were the signs of progress train travelers experienced in 1876.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 2, 2020

 

Imagine yourself a traveler arriving by train in Cheyenne in 1884. Would you have been impressed with this depot? I don't think so, and neither did the powers that be in Cheyenne. That's why they lobbied for a new depot.

The Union Pacific agreed to construct a new, decidedly more impressive one. 

Even though there's no longer passenger rail service to Cheyenne, the depot continues to welcome visitors. It's now a visitor center and the home of the Depot Museum, which is where I found the first photo ... and the others I'm planning to feature in this month's Wednesday in Wyoming posts.




Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Wednesday Near Wyoming - August 26, 2020

Instead of telling you something about this picture, I have a question. I've told you before that I'm not a farmer, so while I know these are silos, I don't know much else.

What is the infrastructure above the silos, and why is it so high?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 19, 2020

Sagebrush prairies, limestone outcroppings, a few stray clouds -- this is another quintessential Wyoming scene.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - August 12, 2020

What is this?

You can tell I'm not a farmer, because when I saw it, I thought of R2-D2 from Star Wars. A much more savvy woman told me it's a pump for irrigating crops.

Whichever explanation you prefer, I hope the picture made you smile. The R2-D2 wannabee certainly caught my attention and made me smile.