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Part of the Vast Billboard Campaign of the Woman’s Party. Putting up billboard in Denver, 1916. Photo courtesy of Records of the National Woman’s Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Road-Trip Itinerary: Suffragist Sites

Get in the car for a historical road trip planned around suffragist hangouts and exhibits in both Colorado and Wyoming.

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Molly Brown House Museum

In 1914, Titanic survivor and Denver activist Margaret Brown worked with suffragist Alva Belmont to organize the Conference of Great Women in Newport, Rhode Island. Tour her Capitol Hill mansion to hear about her “unsinkable” life. 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver

Center for Colorado Women’s History

You’ve only got five more months to see Bold Women. Change History, an exhibit commemorating the 19th Amendment’s centennial. Learn about key players—like Colorado’s Elizabeth Piper Ensley, an African American activist, writer, and educator—and examine artifacts such as an 1893 ballot box from Pitkin County and a letter from Susan B. Anthony congratulating local suffragists. 1310 Bannock St., Denver

Garden of the Gods

In September 1923, the National Woman’s Party hosted an Equal Rights Pageant at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. There’s a photo of the event at the Center for Colorado Women’s History exhibit, but you can also recreate the moment with a selfie in front of the park’s otherworldly red rock formations. 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs

South Pass City State Historic Site

This mining boomtown in south-central Wyoming was the home of William Bright, a member of the territorial Legislature who introduced the bill guaranteeing women the right to vote and hold office in 1869. (It passed with the hope of attracting more settlers—particularly women—to the territory so it could qualify for statehood.) Among the ghost town’s 20 original buildings you’ll find the home of Esther Hobart Morris, America’s first female justice of the peace. 125 South Pass Main St., South Pass City, Wyoming

Louisa Gardner Swain. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Photographic collections

Wyoming House for Historic Women

Visit the bronze statue of Louisa Gardner Swain, who, at age 70 in Laramie on September 6, 1870, became the first woman to cast a Wyoming ballot. The homemaker is often celebrated as the United States’ first female voter, though a 23-year-old schoolteacher named Seraph Young had voted in a local election in Salt Lake City seven months before. 317 S. Second St., Laramie, Wyoming

Wyoming State Capitol

The restored Supreme Court chambers of the Wyoming State Capitol were the setting for debates on women’s suffrage and where Wyoming’s women’s suffrage law was finalized. 200 W. 24th St., Cheyenne, Wyoming

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