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The Historic Governor’s Mansion

The Historic Governor’s Mansion. (Flickr/Matt Howry)

Construction began in 1904, and one year later it became the new home of the Governor of the Great State of Wyoming. Governor Bryant B. Brooks was the first Wyoming Governor to take residence in what is now known as The Historic Governor’s Mansion. Governor Brooks, First-Lady Mary Naomi Brooks, five children and one pony, had taken-up residence in the brand-new Governor’s Mansion.

The Governor’s Mansion was regal, yet modest really. It was built just 14 years after Statehood, on a vacant lot 5 blocks from the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. The Governor’s Mansion cost a total of 33,253 dollars, and 29 cents. And that included the 3,000 dollars to buy the lot, landscaping charges of 2,036 dollars, and all the furnishings. The 2-and-a-half story house had a full-basement, and a separate carriage house, built in classic Georgian style, highlighted by 4 Corinthian columns.

The Historic Governor’s Mansion would be home to 19 Wyoming Governors and their families, including the first female Governor in America, Wyoming Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross. The home, right there at 21st and House in Cheyenne, is a popular tourist destination these days, that served as home to first families for more than 70 years.

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