Fireworks That are Legal and Illegal in Cheyenne

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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.


Are Fireworks Legal in Cheyenne?

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. While you're making plans for your Independence Day celebrations, getting the hamburgers, buns, ice, beverages; here's a reminder from the City of Cheyenne about which fireworks are legal and illegal in the city.
The basics of the law are that all fireworks are banned in the city except "sparklers, smoke devices, and novelties."

"Anything that goes into the air or explodes is prohibited," Cheyenne Police Department spokesman Officer Kevin Malatesta told KGAB Radio in 2019. "It's actually illegal to even possess those types of fireworks within city limits," he added. "So if we come across those we would confiscate them."
For more information, you can call Cheyenne Fire Rescue at 307-637-6311.

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