Hot cinders, black coal smoke, a distant whistle…powerful
locomotives, owned and run in the 1800s in Wyoming by even
more powerful railroad companies, were symbols of their
commercial and political power that’s still unsurpassed.
The construction of the Union Pacific in 1868 gave rise to the
towns, the economy, and even the politics of southern Wyoming
and when the Chicago Burlington and Quincy built across the
northern part of the state in the 1890s, a similar
transformation took place.
“Wyoming, the Railroad State: Impact of an Indispensable Industry”
will be the program at the spring dinner of the Cheyenne
Genealogical & Historical Society to be held on
Tuesday, May 14th at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn. Presenting the entertaining, educational program will be Greg Nickerson,
historian, writer and filmmaker from Big Horn, Wyo., who
has a masters’ degree in history from the University of
Wyoming, and is a featured speaker with the Wyoming
Humanities Council Forum.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Room
of the Holiday Inn with check-in, a silent auction and dinner as
prelude to the program at 7 p.m.
Registration & entree selection for the $16-dinner is necessary for
this event by calling Judy at 632-2623; deadline for reservations
is Thursday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Guests wishing to attend
the program-only for $5 may also pre-register. This is the 2013
capstone program sponsored by the Cheyenne Genealogical
and Historical Society whose mission is to stimulate
and encourage family history research.