Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wednesday in Wyoming - September 30, 2020


Remember the beautifully appointed and comfortable Pullman car in last week's post? I doubt anyone would call traveling that way an ordeal, but that's exactly how travel by Immigrant Car is described.

I continue to be in awe of all that immigrants endured in their quest for a new and better life. They had strength, determination, and courage. 

I hope you've enjoyed this month's insights into 19th century train travel. Next month we'll explore something different. What it will be is still to be determined.

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.