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Apr 02, 2019
Veryl Goodnight featured in The New York Times

In Praise of Pioneer Women and Rocket Scientists

MARCH 19, 2019 | TRAVEL

By SEBASTIAN MODAK | The 52 Places Traveler

Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. He arrived in Cheyenne, Wyo., from Las Vegas, where he explored an unexpected side of the city, and then moved on to Huntsville, Ala.

“No Turning Back,” a statue by Veryl Goodnight, outside the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, is a tribute to the early pioneer women who moved west to set up homesteads. Credit Sebastian Modak/ The New York Times

In front of the Cheyenne Depot Museum, a bronze statue of a woman staring into the horizon honors those women who took the train to Wyoming, like Esther Hobart Morris did in 1869. There’s another statue of a woman, by the sculptor Veryl Goodnight, leaning on a wagon wheel outside the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum; it’s titled “No Turning Back” and honors the earliest homesteaders. At the Wyoming State Museum, you can see a flag given to the new state “from the Women of Wyoming,” and a letter from British suffragists congratulating the women of Wyoming on their victory.

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