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COME FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES OF CHEYENNE
 WITH MIKE KASSEL AND THE COWGIRLS OF THE WEST
AT OUR NOVEMBER 11TH LUNCHEON!

In 1930, the airline industry was brand new and literally getting off the ground. People had seen airplanes and weren’t sure if they would be a good mode of transportation. This was in spite of the terrific advances in technology making planes faster, safer and more comfortable than ever before. The problem was people had grown up between the wars seeing the exploits of barnstormers, wing walkers, mail pilots and the occasional hero like Charles Lindbergh do amazing exploits by air. The air was for daredevils, not for your average Joe. It wasn’t the place for your average Josephine either.

The young Boeing Air Transport had tried to change people’s minds with the advent of the beautiful new B-80 airliner. Safe with three engines and filled with luxuries, the company called the plane “The Flying Pullman.” Still the public wasn’t convinced.

In a stroke of good fortune and fortitude Ellen Church, a young graduate nurse, walked into the office of BAT ticket agent Joseph Stimson. She wanted to fly but there were no jobs for women. Stimson struck on a remarkable idea. If this young woman wanted to fly, and she was given the job to do so, she would help prove that flying was safe.

But what job? He sent a letter to his superiors in Cheyenne, Wyoming and told them he had a perfect candidate for a brand-new position. This new job would be to see to the passengers’ safety, comfort, and improve the public image of flying. BAT officials agreed and the job of the stewardess was born.

Cheyenne was the launching point of this, the first opportunity for women to work in aviation. It was an experiment that proved to be a smashing success. Launched in our city, the stewardesses would return in 1947 when United Air Lines, the progeny of BAT, decided it wanted to keep facilities in Cheyenne once it moved to San Francisco. 

What was launched was a remarkable school that would train thousands of young women to be stewardesses at the beginning of the golden age of air travel. These women helped transform an industry and did the same for the city of Cheyenne along the way.

Join Mike Kassel as he explores this fascinating tale of our friendly skies!

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The Cowgirls of the West
Museum & Emporium

203 & 205 West 17th Street
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82001
307-638-4994

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 525
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82003

The Cowgirls Museum and Emporium 
are closed for the Winter season.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2019 VISITORS!
You made our 2019 season a memorable one, and we always appreciate our visitors from all over the USA and the world! We hope your visit left you with a little of the Cowgirl Spirit to take home with you!

GROUP AND CLASS TOURS
AVAILABLE DURING ALL SEASONS.
Please call 307-638-4994 for information.

Visit the Cowgirls Theatre for a free viewing
Of the Documentary Film
OH! YOU COWGIRL!
Produced by Shirley Morris, the film highlights
The truths, legends and myths of the
Golden Age of the Rodeo Cowgirl.


GROUP, SUMMER CAMP & CLASS TOURS
AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM:
Please call 307-638-4994
to schedule for a group tour

 
 
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