Monday, July 30, 2012

Zac Brown and the Capitol


Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, the least populous state in the US. I love to tour capitol buildings, so off we went. The dome is visible from all over town, and is covered in gold leaf.


Outside are several statues. Chief Washakie earned a reputation that lives on to this day-fierce warrior, skilled politician and diplomat, great leader of the Shoshone people, friend to white men. He was 102 years old when he died in 1900 - amazing!


The statue is very detailed. In addition to the beading, there are drawings on his robe.


A view of the dome looking up from inside.


The floors are white and black marble.


And the skylights in the Senate and House chambers are also stained glass.


One of the rooms has a 22' mural that depicts activities in Wyoming, both past and present.


One night we went to an old-fashioned melodrama. Fortunately, in the end, the good guys beat the bad guys, after the heroine almost got sawed in two by a cardboard saw.


One of the highlights of Cheyenne Frontier Days is the great concerts they have. We chose to go see the Zac Brown Band. Even though it was sold out, it was easy to get tickets from individuals right outside the gates.


We got there early and listened to 3 other bands, but finally the headliners came on.



In case you aren't familiar with the band, this is probably their most famous song, "Toes." (Sorry the thumbnail is so blurry - the video is better.)



And this is my favorite, "As She's Walking Away." Always brings tears to my eyes.

Well, that's about it for Cheyenne. We're moving on to Longmont, CO now, where Phil and I are hosting the group.

7 comments:

gumo said...

What a great life you have. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

102 years old? A mere wisp of a lad. :c)

Those black and white floor tiles made me a little more (than usual) cross-eyed.

So you got scalped for those tickets? Hope it didn't hurt too badly.

Jim and Sandie said...

We may be spending a couple of days in Cheyenne on our way south next month, so I'm making notes of things to see. Won't be there during Frontier Days but still lots to do. Thanks for the tour and info.

Sondra said...

Wyoming is a beautiful state! I enjoyed that tour of the capitol and the concerts seems like a good choice!

Barbara and Ron said...

I enjoy touring the capitol buildings too. They're always so beautiful. Zac Brown sounds a little familiar, but I don't recognize either song.

E Squared and Mui said...

Thanks for the tour of the Capitol; I'm forever amazed by the detail one can find in these places if one takes the time to look.

Pat said...

Zac Brown Band is amazing and we love Capitol buildings too. We're at 4. Have you seen the AZ Capitol in Phoenix. It's amazing.