Cheyenne in Laramie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
"The Mighty Big Boy"
It was retired from service October 31, 1958 having run 440545 miles and placed on this site June 28, 1963.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is October 31, 1958.
Location. 41° 8.203′ N, 104° 47.993′ W. Marker is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker can be reached from East Lincolnway near Nation Way, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1142 East Lincolnway, Cheyenne WY 82001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cheyenne's Big Boy 4004 (a few steps from this marker); Cheyenne Builders and Architects (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Cheyenne Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Cheyenne Club (approx. ¾ mile away); Preservation of the Wyoming Historic Governor's Mansion Wyoming Governor's Mansion (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Burlington Routes (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Plains Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cheyenne.
More about this marker. The Big Boy Locomotive is located in Holliday Park.
Also see . . . Union Pacific Big Boy - Wikipedia. Big Boy is the popular name of the American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotives manufactured between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until 1959.... According to Union Pacific senior manager of Heritage Operations Ed Dickens Jr., the 4-8-8-4 series originally was to have been called "Wasatch". One day while one of the engines was being built an unknown worker scrawled "Big Boy" in chalk on its front. With that, the legendary name was born and has stuck ever since. (Submitted on June 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.