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Cheyenne in Laramie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wyoming Governor's Mansion

Enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
1. Wyoming Governor's Mansion Marker
Inscription. In 1901 Wyoming Legislature authorized an Executive Mansion and appropriated $40,000 for that purpose. Under architect Charles W. Murdock, this Georgian style building was completed late in 1904 at a total cost, including site, landscaping, construction and furnishings of $33,253.29.
Governor and Mrs. Bryant B. Brooks were the Mansion's first occupants. A society-news item from the Cheyenne Daily Leader, January 4, 1905, said: "Mrs. B.B. Brooks will return from Casper on Friday evening accompanied by her children. Every effort is being made by the decorators and finishers to have the Executive Mansion in readiness to receive the family Saturday."
The Mansion got its housewarming in official and formal style when, on January 23, 1905, Governor and Mrs. Brooks entertained at a reception in honor of State Legislators, State Officials and their wives. Next day, the Wyoming Tribune reported the affair in its page one story which said, "A Happy Throng of Guests Assemble at the Executive Mansion to meet the Legislature." Other accounts proclaimed the occasion "one of brilliance" and stressed the "stately Mansion ablaze with lights."
State Executive Mansions were customary structures long before Wyoming got around to building this one as a home for its governors. Still, this Mansion has one "first". When Mrs. Nellie
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
2. Wyoming Governor's Mansion and Marker
Tayloe Ross became Governor of Wyoming in 1925, this was the first Executive Mansion in the Nation to become the home of a woman governor.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails.
 
Location. 41° 8.317′ N, 104° 48.88′ W. Marker is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker is on East 21st Street near House Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East 21st Street, Cheyenne WY 82001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preservation of the Wyoming Historic Governor's Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Mrs. Esther Hobart Morris (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966 (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Marks Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cheyenne - Ft. Laramie - Deadwood Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wyoming Army and Air National Guard Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); First United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Cheyenne.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Governors' Mansion - Wyoming State Parks.
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
3. Wyoming Governor's Mansion
During the early days of Wyoming’s statehood, Cheyenne’s affluent cattle barons built a series of mansions as a testament to their wealth and success; houses that might be referred to as “trophy homes,” today. In 1904, 14 years after achieving statehood in 1890, Wyoming built its first governor’s mansion, a modest house compared to the pretentious dwellings built in other parts of downtown Cheyenne. The Governor’s mansion was anything but extravagant... (Submitted on June 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
4. Wyoming Governor's Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 17, 2016.
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