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Cattle Barons and Cowboys in Cheyenne

Magazine article Sunset

Cattle Barons and Cowboys in Cheyenne

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Sleep in a 19th-century mansion, shop for cool Western wear

* In the 1880s, as cattle herds spread onto northern ranges, cowboys and cattlemen congregated in Cheyenne. The charm and culture of their lifestyle still thrives in the Wyoming capital, where you can shop for authentic cowboy (or cowgirl) attire, or visit a cattle baron's former home to dine or spend the night.

Get into the cowboy groove at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum (Frontier Park, 4610 N. Carey Ave.; 307/778-7290), with its displays of the horse-drawn carriages used by local cattle barons, along with cowboy gear, American Indian artifacts, and Western art. Ready to deck yourself out in classic cowpoke style? Start on 17th Street--also known as Cattle Baron's Row. At Cheyenne Custom Cowboy (216 W. 17th St.; 635-6608), the smell of leather and freshly steamed and blocked hats hangs in the air. Wander toward the back of the shop, where craftsmen bent over worktables make saddles and spur straps, horse headstalls, and leather bags. …

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