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Information still being sought in Cheyenne arson

Information is still being sought about the September 2021 arson in Cheyenne, which damaged a military surplus store.

Firefighters from Laramie County Fire Districts #1 And #2 sent to Supply Sergeant at 3415 Ridge Road on Sept. 7 at 5:06 a.m.

On reaching there, he saw smoke and flames coming from the front of the shop. Crews got the fire under control within minutes and limited the damage to the building.

Laramie County Fire District #2 via Facebook

Laramie County Fire District #2 via Facebook

The sheriff’s office was called to investigate, and on September 13 security camera footage was released from inside the store showing someone smashing the front window with a rock, a jug of flammable liquid. Throwing it in, and then igniting it.

The agency also released a still photo of suspected arsonists, taken with an area security camera, in the hope that someone could identify them.

Laramie County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

Laramie County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook

But the public representatives have still not been able to expose this matter and are once again pleading for help from the public.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers Silent Witness at (307) 638-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

For more details on this matter, check out our previous post:

Flashback: Remember these long-gone Frontier Mall stores?

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 major shopping destination for Cheyenne. From 1950 to 2016 it was Cheyenne’s Cole Shopping Center.
Local businessman Frank Cole bought the land that would become the Cheyenne gathering place in the 1950s when the corner of Converse and Pershing was the edge of town. Beginning in 1952, three different Safeway grocery stores have called Cole’s home over the half century of its existence. A plethora of other shops also served the neighborhood. From movie theaters to blockbusters; There was a Cole department store, a clothing store, the East Branch of the Carnegie Library, and more.
As Cheyenne grew and changed, the shopping center fell into decline. Stores closed and new ones did not take place. The area’s anchor, Safeway, closed for good in 2016, with most of the following. In 2018 the buildings were demolished and new construction began.

Cole was such an integral part of the neighborhood that we were flooded with hundreds of responses when we asked about people’s memories on social media.

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Check out several of those memories below, along with several photos of Cole Shopping Center, mostly in her twenties-teens nearing the end.

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