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
The National Landmark Nomination was initiated in the spring of 2005 as a cooperative effort between the City of
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
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
Rick Heimsoth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Inc., states that he is "thrilled for the State of
"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