Nagle News Volume 12 #2 May 2009
We have a short history on Esther Hobart Morris, the Wyoming Plein Air event, the Cheyenne Americana Music Weekend with the Heart of the West Cowboy Festival and the Magic City Blue Grass Festival, Wine with Robin, and The View From The Balcony.
Wine With Robin
We love food! As a nation, we are the most well-fed people on the face of the earth. We pay the least per calorie and our supermarkets are piled high with selections from all over the world. For the "foodies" among us, Farmers' Markets are the shortest route to fresh and local foods and gardening is the ultimate in fresh-to-the-table produce. Wine, even in these economically troubled times, continues to grow as the dinner beverage of choice. And, it's better than it has ever been, at every price point. It is, at the intersection of these two trends that I find my passion.There can be little doubt that wine has been consumed, with or without food, since Neolithic times, but it was the ancient Greeks who popularized its consumption at intellectual evening gatherings. The Roman added food (and entertainment). By the Renaissance, fine dining (haute cuisine, served in courses and professionally prepared) developed from regional cooking and the framework was established for modern gatherings (sorry, no dancing girls, acrobats or court regalia included at the Nagle Warren Mansion).
Future articles will explore some wine and the accouterments that enhance the experience. In the next issue we will discuss wine glasses and an ideal wine or two for testing the glasses. That should make for a fun time.
There are few more pleasurable occasions than a well-prepared and presented meal with appropriate wines, in a genteel setting with like-minded company.
Esther Hobart Morris
Woman's suffrage in Wyoming was not a long struggle. In 1869, William H. Bright, a saloon owner and representative to the Wyoming Territorial Constitutional Convention, introduced a woman's suffrage clause into the territorial constitution. The constitution was approved, by Territorial Governor John A. Campbell, in December 1869. Wyoming became the first U.S. territory to recognize a woman's right to vote, to hold property, and to hold public office.
The story that persists is that Esther Hobart Morris held a tea party and convinced Mr. Bright and several other representatives to the Territorial Convention that in Wyoming women were equals. They chopped wood, cooked, broke broncos, herded cattle and worked just as hard as men. Obviously, a majority of the territorial representatives believed in this equality. There is no official record of the "tea party" so from a historical standpoint it will always be a story.
The Wyoming Territory's enfranchisement of women, in 1869, was heralded by the press in the announcement, "Wyoming, the youngest and one of the richest Territories in the United States, gave equal rights to women in actions as well as in words." In 1870 Esther was appointed as Justice of the Peace in South Pass City. This made her the first woman in the country to hold public office and the County Clerk of Fremont County telegraphed a press release announcing the historic event. Esther served for eight and one-half months and handled twenty-six cases. While several of the cases were appealed, none were overturned.
There was a small challenge to the Woman's Vote legislation in the 1870 legislature, but it did not garner support. Another challenge came from the federal government in 1889, when Wyoming was applying for statehood. The federal government strongly "advised" that Wyoming eliminate "woman's right to vote" in order to gain statehood status. Governor F.E. Warren responded, via telegram to Washington, stating "No woman's vote, no statehood." Washington acquiesced. As U.S. Senator, F.E. Warren repeatedly introduced suffrage legislation until the 19th Constitutional Amendment was ratified in 1920.
As for Esther, herself, the mines in South Pass City played out rather quickly and, following a harsh winter, she and her husband John moved to Laramie in 1972. She left the abusive John in 1874 and seems to have moved around some, living in Albany, NY and Springfield, IL, before settling in Cheyenne in the 1880s. She continued to be active in woman's rights in Wyoming as well as the national suffrage movement.
A dedication of Esther's Cheyenne home will be held July 12, 2009. Please come and enjoy an open house from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. An 11:30 a.m. dedication ceremony will be followed by a reception. The Esther Hobart Morris Home is located at 2114 Warren Avenue and is listed on the Wyoming and National Register(s) of Historic Places.
American Heritage Magazine, Lynne Cheney
Americana Music Weekend
Wyoming Plein Air, July 31 - August 14, 2009
Artists will be gathering in Cheyenne for the Wyoming Plein Air 2009 painting event July 31 to August 14, with judging, show, and sale on August 15th. It was a treat last year to find artists painting around town. Eighty artists are expected to participate in this year's event. Artists will spend at least three days painting in Cheyenne and other Wyoming locations. The subject matter will be diverse, so the show is bound to be interesting. Local galleries and Southwest Art Magazine will be sponsoring the event. For more information, phone 307-778-0330.
Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009
The stars will be coming out at night at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), July 16th - 26th. This year there is an excellent line-up of stars performing at the night shows, which compliment the rodeo. The best rodeo cowboys always come to compete for large monetary prizes as well as the status of winning at Cheyenne. On the grounds visit the carnival mid-way, the Indian Village and the vendors. Just down the street from us you can enjoy the parades and the Pancake Breakfasts. See the complete details on events by visiting: http://cfdrodeo.com
We still have a couple of rooms available during CFD and for the Western Art Show on July 16th.
View From the Balcony
I recently took a ride on a Segway Personal Transporter. What fun! I was a little nervous at first but became comfortable really fast. I was cooking that morning so I could only run up and down the block. Life is not all work.
Wine & Whine -- Third Thursday Therapy -- A good number of downtown merchants are staying open later on the third Thursday of each month, so we decided to have a Wine & Whine. We are offering a small selection of wines by the glass for $4.00 and there are cheeses or other nibbles to compliment the wines. Can you think of a lovelier place to Whine than in a Victorian parlour? Additionally Neal Cook will be serving all-you-can-eat fresh sushi, reservations are suggested for those wanting to partake of the sushi.
The Link Gallery has opened at 1609 Capitol Avenue. Owner Rebecca Barrett, a long-time Cheyenne resident, offers a large selection of art forms from American & European artists. The Link is a great addition to Manitou and Deselms Galleries.
2 Doors Down, a quick casual restaurant, is offering gourmet burgers, salads, soups, and appetizers for lunch and dinner. Located at the corner of 17th Street and Warren Avenue, they are open for lunch and dinner. Give them a try! 307-634-6008
The Mayflower Restaurant has returned from history and is now featuring seafood. Much of it is brought in fresh from Louisiana. Located at 112 West 17th Street, they are open for lunch and dinner. The gumbo is great.
Gunfighter Square has moved to 15th Street, next to the livery stable. The enhanced square will provide our visitors a better experience. Carey Avenue, between 15th Street and Lincolnway, is being paved at the moment and will provide better access to and from the depot area.
Unfortunately, we lost another old house that had not been maintained for a long time. The good news is that the carriage house is being saved. The Methodist Church is now connecting the 1880s building to the 1950s building. The design must have been difficult. I'm sure they will do a great job and be very sensitive to the history. The hospital seems to have backed off some on demolishing the homes directly behind the Historic Governors Mansion. Summer hours for the Historic Governors Mansion will be Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Going Green, Wyoming was just rated the sixth greenest state. There is a deep-seated culture in the state that cares for the land, air, and wildlife. It is not just a response to the current movement that has swept the country. Wind farming is booming with somewhere between several hundred and several thousand new wind turbines being constructed in the near future. This is great for business, however almost everyone in the state is also concerned with the environmental impact of the roads, towers, and transmission lines.
Locally, the city has initiated curbside recycling in a quarter of the city, with more to follow. We applaud this move and the phased approach. General Electric are close to an agreement that will build a Clean Coal Research Facility in Cheyenne. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Super Computer is moving along; groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for late this fall.
True West Magazine Names Cheyenne as #1 Western Town
The city's slogan, "Cheyenne --- Live the Legend," has never held more true than it does today. In fact, this town of 55,314 citizens inspires legends.
Just as one historic district --- its sixth, Moore haven Heights, with 495 properties --- has been approved by the Wyoming Preservation Office and is pending national district approval as of press date, Cheyenne is already at work on applying for its seventh district: the Round Top Water Treatment Plant Area, which was built in 1906 as the first sand settlement filtration plant west of the Mississippi River.
Wow. These folks don't even stop to catch their breaths
It's almost hard to keep up with them. Around this time last year, Cheyenne had just finalized the fifth historic district. And much of what they were in the midst of developing in 2007 was open and fully operational by 2008. That includes the downtown livery stable (already expanded with an outside corral because of high usage) and the cell phone audio tour system for the city's eight museums that had 4,100 individuals calling in during its first 16 months of operation.
Here's what's next on the list to save. The Wyoming Capitol is undergoing a $1.2 million skylight restoration project. Three owners of 1880s homes, originally from Fort D.A. Russell, are preserving these homes instead of demolishing them to put in a parking lot. (Joni Mitchell is smiling somewhere above these saviors.)
The city's "Tracking Trains" tour already has visitors checking out iron horse sites such as the former Union Pacific Depot and the state's oldest locomotive built in 1890. In 2008, the city finished a survey of the old Burlington Northern Railroad route. Most likely, the results of that survey will add to what is already an impressive adventure for train buffs.
The city's proudest moment was undoubtedly when elders from the Northern Arapaho tribe visited Belvoir Ranch in May 2008; tribal members have not been on the land since settlers pushed them off it in the 1860s. The community being developed here will incorporate teepee rings, bison kill sites, ancient rock shelters and the Denver to Fort Laramie stage route. Now that the Arapaho are on board, the city is beginning a dialogue with Shoshoni and Northern Cheyenne tribal elders for their input on the site.
Given all that cheyenne has accomplished, it was no surprise to us that in 2008 the city hosted not just one, but two, preservation converences: Preserve Wyoming and the 14 State Western Planners Association conferences. When you're a legend, everyone wants to come and check you out.
With all the rich historic sites to see in Cheyenne, now is the time for you to jump on the bandwagon too and check them out for yourself.
--- True West Magazine