– The Cheyenne Depot Museum is celebrating the announcement made by Vice President Dick Cheney that the Union Pacific Depot has received the National Landmark designation.  Cheney stated that there is another very prominent landmark building in downtown Cheyenne that has been part of the skyline since the 19th century and that he was "delighted" to announce that the Secretary of the Interior, Gale A. Norton, has designated the building (Union Pacific Depot) a National Historic Landmark.

 

Wayne Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Inc., shared that "to bring this historic building from its decrepit, aging state to a National Landmark status is the result of the partnering and commitment of many, especially the City of Cheyenne.  The real winners are the citizens of Cheyenne who own the building and know its proud heritage.  Now the nation will know that the Union Pacific Depot has arrived at its true and deserved place in our nation's history."

 

The National Landmark Nomination was initiated in the spring of 2005 as a cooperative effort between the City of Cheyenne and the Cheyenne Depot Museum.  

The Union Pacific Depot had received the designation of nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places in the fall of 2004.  The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

 

Clayton Fraser, who prepared the nomination, stated that "built in 1886-1887, the Union Pacific Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming is a nationally prominent landmark that derives its significance from two principal areas:  transportation and architecture.  The Depot is the last of the grand 19th century depots remaining on the transcontinental railroad -- one of the best articulated examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style in the West, designated by one of America's most distinguished architects at a pivotal point in his practice."

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff who work to nominate new landmarks and provide assistance to existing landmarks.

 

Rick Heimsoth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Inc., states that he is "thrilled for the State of Wyoming and the City of Cheyenne.   As the 22nd National Landmark in the State of Wyoming, we are excited that the Union Pacific Depot has been recognized as the historic site that it is, but also what it means for Wyoming and Cheyenne tourism."  Darren Rudloff, Executive Director of the Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau concurs.  "Cheyenne has a very strong historical brand that our visitors expect to see that tell the story of the old west.  The Union Pacific Depot's designation as a National Landmark adds extra authenticity to our heritage tourism experience. This designation is one more piece of the historical puzzle of Cheyenne."

 

"The process to submit a landmark nomination is a tremendous process and one that ultimately was rewarded by receiving the National Landmark designation." says Bob Rowland, long time Depot supporter.  "First we saved the building, then the City of Cheyenne renovated the building, and now the building is receiving national attention as Wyoming's newest National Landmark.  The community of Cheyenne has been supporting this project since the early 1980's and they are now sharing in its glorious success."