The Nagle Warren Mansion B&B was recently used as the setting for several scenes in the History Channel documentary series “Cowboys and Outlaws”
The distinctive turret of the Victorian-era Nagle Warren Mansion at the corner of House Ave. and 17th Street in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo., is hard to miss. It has been poking into the high plains skyline since 1888.
You may not have stayed there before, but I recommend that you do anytime you are in Cheyenne. But truth is even if you haven’t been there, when you do first visit the Nagle Warren Mansion Bed and Breakfast, you may feel as if it is very familiar. The Mansion was used as a setting for several scenes in the recent History Channel documentary series “Cowboys and Outlaws.”
Inside the wide hallway with its original parquet wood floor and ceiling coverings, you find the sitting room with its baby grand piano and two chairs before an antique fireplace and on through double doors the mansion’s library. To the left is the parlor and beyond it the dining room.
There’s no question about it, this is a mansion, and it is lovely, from the Victorian settee and chairs to the heavy buffet and the two stunning paintings that give the parlor focus and take you to the past. The art is by Carl Eidsel, a German who painted in the style of Albert Bierstadt; the paintings are two of the original furnishings in the house built as the home for Erasmus and Emma Nagle.
Nagle came to Cheyenne in 1868 shortly after it sprang up as an end-of-the-tracks town on the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a grocer, who had operated in Colorado’s gold fields. After gold discoveries in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Cheyenne became one of the main jumping off points as miners headed up the Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail. Part of the route to the Black Hills was over toll roads Nagle owned. He hauled liquor to the Hills over his roads, charging for the tolls and the goods. All that made him a wealthy man, though he died shortly after construction of his mansion.
The widowed Mrs. Nagle had prosperous businesses and several million dollars in the bank, but she partied hard, spent the money and in 1910 sold the house to Francis E. Warren, cattleman, Wyoming’s first Governor, and later a U.S. Senator. Thus it became the Nagle Warren Mansion.
Sen. Warren was a widower in Washington when he met Clara Le Baron, whom he subsequently married. They lived together in the Cheyenne mansion until his death in 1929. Then Clara departed from Cheyenne permanently, selling the house that had cost $50,000 to build in 1888 to the YWCA in 1933 for $5,000.
In the days of both Nagle and Warren, a large stone building behind the mansion served as the carriage house and a place to stable horses. Now it has been completely renovated with six rooms to compliment the six guest rooms in the mansion itself; the two buildings are connected by an enclosed walk. Each room has a unique shape, many have gas fireplaces, all have antique furnishings.