The stories usually begin the same way, "I came for Cheyenne Frontier Days and it was the last room in town."

These are the most hilarious reviews of cheap motels in Wyoming's capital city.

Jim from Chandler, AZ

"I think the mattress was the one my Dad threw away when I was 8 years old...I found a condom wrapper under the microwave...The amount of mold growing in the shower looks like a science experiment I had in the 6th grade...My feet itched for a week after I took a shower here."

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M.C. from Berkeley, CA

"I have stayed in Hong Kong hostels before and they feel slightly safer. My traveling companions were not so sure we'd wake up alive. Even the dog started whimpering."

Johnny M from Arvada, CO

"This seems like the hotel from the horror movies where people go to get killed."

Peter from Vancouver

"It felt like sleeping at that grandma's house where everything smells funny and is kind of dirty."

Forest from Rock Springs

"The stains on the ceiling look to be post-modern artwork if you drink enough."

Monsieur from Portland

"Ride the time machine back to 1965!"

Edwin Orange County, CA

"They actually MAILED ME my confirmation receipt.  I don't think they know what the internet is."

Brian from Spokane WA

"The power in the room went out when we turned on the microwave"

Now, for the most disgusting reviews:

Donna from Tustin, CA

"The toilet broke, so we had to use the bathtub. I know it's gross, but we had no choice."

Jess K from Littleton, CO

"The toilet doesn't have a seat, but it does have a stool."

Justin from Provo, UT

"There is a large pile of chicken bones underneath the bed."

Rob from Cheyenne

"This place is one step above sleeping on the street."

CLASSIC CHEYENNE: The Cole Shopping Center

In December of 2020, Blue Federal Credit Union completed its new headquarters at the corner of Converse and Pershing in Cheyenne. Well, it’s not so much a ‘corner’ as it is the smooth edge of a roundabout, but anyway. Before Blue FCU built its new campus, the site was at one time a premier shopping destination for Cheyenne. From the 1950s through 2016 it was Cheyenne's Cole Shopping Center.

Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become a Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Starting in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores called the Cole home over its half-century of existence.  A plethora of other stores served the neighborhood too. From the movie theater to Blockbuster; there was the Cole Department Store, the fabric store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and so much more.

As Cheyenne grew and changed, the Shopping Center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones didn't take their places. The anchor of the area, Safeway, closed for good in 2016 with much of the rest following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and the new construction began. 

The Cole was so integral to the neighborhood that when we asked on social media for folks’ memories we were flooded with hundreds of responses. 

Check out many of those memories below, along with several pictures of the Cole Shopping Center, mostly from near the end in the twenty-teens.


Cheapest Places to Live in Wyoming

Do you like money? Do you like not like spending it? Well then my friend, I have an internet list for you. Or friends at Homesnacks crunched a bunch of numbers to find the cheapest places in Wyoming to live.

The Homesnacks folks looked at US Census data and the cost of living for the area. "We were especially interested in home and rental prices in places with more than 1,000 residents," they say.

If you like small town living in the natural beauty of the wilds of Wyoming, you'll find plenty of ideas on this list.