Ithamar Whipple built his dream home 7 years before Wyoming Statehood, in 1883. It would be the Victorian-style showpiece of Cheyenne’s famous Cattle Baron’s Row. Whipple was a wealthy merchant and cattle baron, who founded the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, and he supervised the construction of his home, that would soon become known simply as, Whipple House. Whipple House still stands right there on 17th Street. Ah, but in it’s day, during Cheyenne’s Golden Age, this magnificent home was one of the elite residences in the Wyoming Territory.
Ithamar Whipple would later sell this local Cheyenne landmark to Territorial Supreme Court Justice John Lacey. Lacey was the man who defended notorious outlaw Tom Horn, and infamous oilman Harry Sinclair. Whipple House would eventually become a private Men’s Club before falling into complete disrepair. But then, in 1986, Whipple House was completely restored to it’s original state, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.