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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by july19, Dec 21, 2018.
Has anyone on the forum lived, or currently lives, in Cheyenne? If so, how would you rate it?
I lived there for awhile in 1969 and 70..../ and I still go back for 2 or 3 days once every couple of years - elderly aunt still lives there. I think its ok, its dry and windy ...kind of like a lot of cities on the high prarie / in the upper Midwest.... / I think its similar to smaller cities like Billings, Rapid City, etc...
Elevation is around 6,000 Ft .../ ...hot & dry in summer -- cold and windy in winter...not typically a lot of snow on the ground...when it snows it "blows sideways" and drifts up...like a lot of towns on the prarie / almost like a high desert.
Big Rodeo in summer is the big event in town.../ a lot of ranches, agriculture...but I know Microsoft has a big server farm there now ...so there is some high tech moving in ( land is still pretty cheap )...
Thanks for the information, your points are what I was looking for.
There are actually 3 towns I would consider before Cheyenne.....( and I have spent a lot of time in NW Montana, Seattle and Bay Area in CA.....)...
But 3 cities / towns pretty high on my list for liveability, outdoor activites, lots of things going on :
1. Sandpointe, Idaho
2. Boise, Idaho
3. Bozeman, Montana
But there are lots of places out there...depends on your hobbies and what kind of services you need close by...( as I have gotten older I realize good medical is important - and I don't want to travel 300 miles to a specialist / casual environment - I don't want to wear coat & tie / golf, cycling, shooting clubs, fishing....or whatever is on your list.... ).
I’ve spent time in those cities too. I’m slightly concerned about the political future of ID and MT. We like Bozeman, Boise is too big to suit my wife but we may look and Post Falls too. We’re planning a Spring trip.
Which city has the most gun shops and indoor shooting ranges?
Good question on gun shops and indoor ranges...nothing real special comes to mind in any of them...most towns have a variety of gunshops but rarely do I see much that is unique. A lot of them have a variety of big game rifles and shotguns....mostly standard production stuff. I will occasionally find a nice revolver ...but fewer all the time.
I don't recall a big indoor range in any of them...but I wasn't looking for ranges either.
Neither was I but this trip I will.
I live about 30 minutes south of Cheyenne on the Colorado side of the border. The big gun stores are my way, but there are a few smaller shops there, and a satellite office of of one of the Fort Collins gun stores. They do a brisk trade in magazines not fully attainable right over the border. Other than that, they have a Menards I occasionally go to for odds and ends not typically carried in stock by Home Depot, such as slatwall.
Cheyenne is a small town, and if you know what western small town living is and like it, you will be fine. It is not particularly picturesque. You get a lot of wind. Strong wind. You just get used to it. Cold winters. When they get storms, large swaths of the city have really crappy drainage. Most folks come down here to do things like furniture shopping. The nearest big city and/or major airport is Denver, about two hours to the south. Personal opinion only, but if you have to be on the I-25 corridor and in Wyoming, I like Casper and Sheridan better.
Having said that, Wyoming as a state is pretty awesome. Conservative, but folks generally go about their own business and let people live their lives. Self reliant and low key. Land is cheap. Development is creeping in from the south as refugees from the high-cost housing markets in Fort Collins and Denver come in. In another two decades or so, I have a feeling Cheyenne will be more like extreme northern Fort Collins than the rest of the state, no doubt much to the dismay of the longtime residents.
I was assigned there with AF. Has a small town feel. Has adequate shopping, movie theaters, gun range, restaurants and close to mountains in CO and WY. Good hunting. Nice people. Trees in town. Rolling hills w/o trees outside of town until you get closer to Curt Gowdy State Park. Reasonable home prices compared to Northern CO. Weather is breezy in winter and Spring. Thunderstorms in summer. Occasional tornado. 18-24" of snow. No state tax. Gun friendly. Denver is 90 minutes away. 45 minutes to Fort Collins. 1 hour to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain NP.
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I don’t need to be close to a freeway, I want to be within one hour from a good hospital.
There are a couple good sized hospitals in Fort Collins, 30 minutes south. For anything really esoteric, you'll be going to Denver.
Good luck on your quest. Keep us posted. I spent a week in Decker, MT hunting. I would move there in a heartbeat but I will have to get divorced to do it. Only problem I have with that is splitting up everything and paying lawyers.