Western Walkway

Branding is very important in proving ownership of lost or stolen animals. An unbranded animal is called a "slick," and is almost impossible to legally identify. No other way is as easily visible as branding, not only for identification, but as a deterrent to theft. 

In 1997 the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens (CBG) printed its 20-year Master Plan. The plans for the Western Walkway were among many projects designed to expand the existing facility.

The summer of 1998 brought about a concrete pathway connecting the Botanic Gardens to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. The Western Walkway allows two of Cheyenne’s finest cultural facilities to share visitors. By 2004 the project is mostly completed and includes the creation of three historical plazas, the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s which comprise the Rotary Century Plazas. These plazas tell the story of the rise of horticulture during the last three centuries in Southeastern Wyoming.

The walkways and plazas celebrate the people and plants of the High Plains landscape. Agriculture had a great impact on landscape of the West. In an effort to recognize the many ranches throughout our region, the registered brands of local ranchers are imprinted into the terra cotta edging of the walkway. When the CBG invited ranchers from Laramie County to bring in their brands, many ranching families responded, and the walkway quickly materialized.

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens has created an informative book that depicts all the brands in the walkway and tells a brief history of the ranches connected with each brand.