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.Take a look at our Cheyenne travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Wyoming State Capitol and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
The construction of the capitol began prior to Wyoming gaining statehood. Cheyenne was born in 1867 in the path of the transcontinental railroad, when the Union Pacific crews arrived to lay 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.
In 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 a contract issued 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.
Wyoming State Capitol Reviews
I’ve seen about 20 of the state capital buildings. This one is one of the best. It’s a nice old building. The architecture is interesting. Well worth seeing. more »
We visited the Capitol a few days after its grand reopening. They spent the last three years renovating it to look like the original building did in the 1890's. The renovations are great. It is a beau... more »
A historic landmark under renovation. I believe that it you should visit when it fully restored.
When we visited they were renovating it. However the outside looks pretty cool. If your around the area definitely worth checking out!
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