Description - Fourteen years after achieving statehood in 1890, the State of Wyoming built its first governor's mansion in 1904. The state purchased a vacant corner lot from the private sector, in an established middle class neighborhood, six blocks from the State Capitol. At that time the mansion was surrounded by beautiful Queen Anne houses, built in the mid-1880's. The architect of the mansion was Charles Murdock of Omaha, Nebraska and the architecture is Colonial Revival. Although stately, the residence he designed was modest compared to the mansions built in Cheyenne by the cattle barons in the 1880's and 1890's on Carey Avenue and in what is now downtown Cheyenne. The solid sandstone columns of the portico were quarried locally in four sections and then placed one on top of the other. The top half of the columns are fluted. The Corinthian stylen capitals were carved on site. During the seventy-one years of occupancy the mansion was never enclosed by a fence and never had on site security. Construction of the mansion began in the spring of 1904 and was completed that fall. The final cost of the two and one-half story house with full basement and separate carriage house was $33,253.39. This figure included the cost of the lot ($3,000), the landscaping ($2,036), and all the original furnishings. The house, was modern in most respects because it had central plumbing, hot water heat, and combination gas and electrical fixtures throughout. From 1905 to 1976, the Mansion was the residence of 19 Wyoming First Families.
In July 1977, the Historic Governors' Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum.
- The Historic Governor's Mansion, located in Cheyenne, WY, offers many programs available to the visitor. Visitors can take guided tours or if you wish you can explore the facility on your own. A video is shown to all visitors for an overview. Physically challenged people have the option of watching a virtual tour on video. A closed caption video is also available. There are no fees at the Historic Governors' Mansion, however, donations are certainly welcome. Please enjoy your virtual visit to the Historic Governors' Mansion and enjoy wonderful Wyoming as well.
Recreation - Guided tours of the Historic Mansion, including a virtual tour video and interpretive signs.
Climate - As throughout the Rocky Mountains, the climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.
The Historic Governors' Mansion is located in Cheyenne, WY.