CFD Old West Museum breaks ground on phase one of its “Capital Campaign”

Representatives of the CFD Old West Museum break ground on phase one of its expansion project...
Representatives of the CFD Old West Museum break ground on phase one of its expansion project on Monday July 26, 2021.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Dozens gathered on Monday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum’s “Capital Campaign.” The project has been 10 years in the making, and a special day for all who made it possible.

“It’s absolutely a wonderful, culminating moment, in the next 125 years,” said President of the Old West Museum Board of Directors, Fred Emerich.

The first phase will include all internal changes. Including: moving the gift shop, remodeling and improving the structure. The second phase will be adding more space for the museum to continue sharing the CFD history with visitors and the Cheyenne community.

“Cheyenne Frontier Days has 125 years of history and we’re still collecting parts of the stories from the past, and the present, and we want to be able to collect the stories of the future. In order to do that, we need space. This is the only place in the world where you can learn about the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days and we want to tell the best Cheyenne Frontier Days story we possibly can,” said Executive Director, Morgan Marks.

Marks said they will begin the work following the 125th Daddy of Em All and thanks all the community organizations who helped make the dream come true.

For more information on the project, you can find the original press release below, or you can head to the Old West Museum’s website here.

“The Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum and its partners have been working on the “Become a Legend” expansion campaign, with the first of many phases finally approaching. The expansion will ensure the preservation and protection of the Museum’s priceless collections and allow us to reconfigure and renovate the space inside our current building. It will also improve traffic flow and exhibit space to create a better visitor and patron experience.”

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