The Historic Plains Hotel is a charming 1911 National Historic Landmark Hotel located in the heart of Downtown Cheyenne where tourists and locals enjoy entertainment by local artists, shopping and art galleries - all with that alluring Western edge. The Plains has played host to notable guests of the past and is designed with Western High Style decor.
The Main Lobby Ceiling of
The Historic Plains Hotel
In 2002 The Historic Plains Hotel underwent a renovation and restoration,
with the main lobby ceiling taking on a stain glass feature honoring the galaxy
in which we live.All Cowboys would
follow sun rise and sun set bearings from East to West and then off set their
bearing North to South opposite the sun through the day.This would play a role in cross country
travel, wagon trains and primitive maps of the time.The ceiling layout of the solar system keeps
in mind our cowboy heritage with travel as well as the spirituality of the
stars and planets from the Native American Indians living among Wyoming Plains
in the late 1800’s.
Looking closely at the cross beams you will see various sayings honoring hospitality
and those whom have served her before us.
In the Crossbeams of
the stain glass can we found the following sayings?
SOLI DEO GLORIA = ONLY IN GODS GLORY
In the early days of
settlers heading out west this was a saying used, “all was done in the glory of
God”, Today can be found throughout the Christian Community and has been used
by many scholars over the years and in composer Johann Sebastian Bach appended the initials "SDG" to the
musical manuscripts of each of his cantatas and many of his other works.
THE PLAINSHOTEL - CHEYENNE WYOMING = Your Current Location
HOSPITALITY – COMPASSION – TOLERANCE = All qualities of The Historic Plains Staff
VERITAS = MEANING TRUTH
In Roman mythology, Veritas (meaning truth)
was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. It was
believed that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive.
Her image is shown as a young virgin dressed in white. Veritas is also the name given to the Roman
virtue of truthfulness, which was considered one of the main virtues any good
Roman should have possessed.
/ FIRMITATIS / UTILITATIS = Beauty, Firmness, and Convenience
The three conditions of architecture the earliest
surviving written work on the subject of architecture is De architecture,
by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the early 1st century CE. According
to Vitruvius, the architect should strive to fulfill each of these three
attributes as well as possible.We know
you will find these within the Plains Hotel.
PARDNER = WELCOME PARTNER
Code of the West Welcome, Cowboys looks upon each other
as equals and no one was better than the next; they tipped their hat and
extended a welcoming hand, as we do here at The Historic Plains.
FORWARD = A good deed given is to be paid to the
next folks coming your way
This was a unwritten code of early settlers heading out
West, as they all struggled to reach their destination, a helping hand and
paying it onto the next group was a unwritten lifestyle, be it on the plains,
in the rocky mountains or on the various wagon train routes through our
country, this was all part of the lifestyle.
NOTHING BUT THE BEST – HARRY P HYNDS
One of the First General Managers of The historic Plains
Hotel would say this to all guests and employees of The Historic Plains.
DEO JUVA = GOD HELP US
Again a saying used by early settlers heading west, as
storms, hostile Indians and robbers would always be a treat they would all use
this as a saying in route to their destination, some making it and some not.