Rodeo Relics & a Stately Mansion
Article about the Nagle Warren Mansion B&B and Cheyenne published August 2012 in Louisiana Road trips Magazine
Rodeos, Relics & A Stately Mansion B&B
By Mona L. Hayden
Live the Legend. That’s how Cheyenne proudly promotes this authentic Western town, which just may be an understatement as the legend continues to develop here. From the famous Frontier Days, where the western spirit thrives while attracting fans worldwide for a solid week of rodeo excitement and top shelf country music each July, to the F. E. Warren Air Force Base, a command center for the U. S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and a training ground for the U. S. Air Force. Cheyenne is also an active Archaeological Dig Site for the University of Wyoming with Indian relics and pre-historic artifacts dating back 11,000 years.
More than just rodeos and relics, this vibrant city with some 60,000 residents and about 91,000 in the metropolitan area is home to the Wyoming State Capitol, an array of impressive museums, and the worlds’ largest steam locomotive – the Big Boy Steam Engine. Come ride the Street Railway Trolley, visit the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Terry Bison Ranch with 3,000 bison, fishing, horseback rides, and a saloon, or enjoy the theatre, symphony orchestra, and galleries. From specialty shops to Western emporiums, shoppers will delight in the selection. Take a relaxing walking tour of the historic downtown area or play a round of golf, as Cheyenne was named one of Golf Digest’s “Top Ten Golf Towns”. Bask in the great outdoors with hiking, fishing, and rafting readily available at the numerous parks and recreation sites, or simply savor the hospitality of this sizeable western city that has the charm of a smaller town.
As the day comes to a close, make your way downtown to Cattle Barron Row for a luxurious stay at the Nagle Warren Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1888 when Cheyenne was the richest city of its size in the world, The Nagle Warren Mansion B&B was constructed for just $50,000, including all furnishing. The building has since been used as a private residence, a YWCA for chaperoned housing for single women, and a social center for the town residents before being sold in 1997 to the current innkeeper, Jim Osterfoss, who successfully converted it to an elegant B & B. An imposing structure, the mansion is exquisite with period details throughout. Interior features include finely crafted oak woodwork, an original chandelier, a carved leather ceiling, original stained glass and crystal windows, and two significant paintings displayed in the parlor that were commissioned by Mrs. Nagle when the home was built almost 125 years ago. The meticulously appointed home offers twelve guest rooms with private baths. Guests can enjoy modern comforts and conveniences such as central air, data port lines and wireless DSL in each room that blend seamlessly with authentic period wallpaper, antique furniture, and period-style artwork.
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