1887 - Present
In 1887, Burlington purchased the Warren emporium (Mercantile) Building which had been originally constructed by F.E. Warren, Cheyenne prominent businessman, Rancher, First Governor, and U.S. Senator; to be their Burlington Depot. It was located in what is now Depot Plaza on the corner of what was then 16th Street (now Lincolnway) and Hill (now Capitol) Avenue. The building would later also serve the Colorado & Southern Railroad Line with trains coming north from Denver and Fort Collins.
Razed in 1927, the first terminal was replaced with a second smaller modern Spanish-style depot in 1929. This second depot lasted until 1955 when it too was torn down in favor of a parking lot. The Burlington would provide dedicated passenger ("Vestibule Trains") service between Denver, Cheyenne, Omaha, and Chicago from its beginning until 1893 (this was a service that was not possible on the Union Pacific at that time).
After the Panic of 1893 all lines had difficulties and Burlington changed their passenger service to "Accommodation Mixed Trains." Freight being the chief money maker for the Cheyenne to Sterling segment as the main passenger service was handled out of Denver direct. In 1908 the CB&Q would also buy out the Colorado & Southern (C&S) Line which provided service north through Cheyenne from Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado, and south from Casper and Douglas, Wyoming. Like the Cheyenne and Burlington, the C&S continued to provide service over segments of the line well into the 1950s and what they called their "Zephyr Connection" trains to and from Denver.
Burlington is now referred to as the BNSF Railroad as they continue to grow and expand their services. Their last Depot was built in the vicinity of West 27th Street and Cribbon Avenue. This was also the location of their roundhouse and main rail yard in Cheyenne. this depot building still exists but is used solely as an operations building even though a more modern operations building has been constructed on this same site. The Burlington track continues to run north and south through Denver into Texas and north to the Wyoming coal fields and connections into central Wyoming and on into the northwest through Montana.
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|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 515629 N 4553471|
|Decimal Degrees||41.13240000, -104.81378333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 7.944', W 104° 48.827'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 7' 56.64" N, 104° 48' 49.62" W|
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|Area Code(s)||307, 712|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1503 N Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne WY 82001, US|
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