Construction of the Sierra Trading Post Livery Stable in downtown Cheyenne has begun. Conceived by the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as a way to encourage more downtown horse activity, the stable will be a working area for carriages, Cheyenne’s mounted police, and other horse contractors.
Currently S&V Carriages (provider of downtown carriage rides) and Cheyenne’s mounted police must unload and prepare their horses for work at areas about a mile from downtown’s core. Riders have no downtown shelter for short-term delays such as rain storms or for meals / restroom breaks. As a result, horse activities are often limited as to the amount of time spent downtown. The new stable will remedy this situation by being an on-site working and shelter area. It is hoped that the stable will encourage more activity from other vendors as well, such as blacksmiths who could provide living history demonstrations. Horses will not be kept unattended in the stable nor will they stay there overnight.
The project’s engineer, Bob Clary, designed the 30 foot by 36 foot structure to resemble stables present in Cheyenne in the late 1800s. Located at 15th Street and Pioneer, the stable will have a two-tone brick front, a split-rail fence, and two large overhead doors allowing carriages to drive through the structure. Stadel Construction, contractor for the project, plans to work on the site between now and Frontier Days when work will cease and the site secured with a temporary fence. Project completion is expected in mid-August.
In addition to major sponsor Sierra Trading Post, other contributing partners include the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Cheyenne Police Department, Laramie County Recreation Planning and Advisory Board, and the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority.