If you enjoy western adventures, consider a trip to Sheridan, Wyo., and the surrounding area.
More than a century ago, the town was a stagecoach stop and a rail hub, as well as a gathering place for ranchers, merchants, bankers, and other adventurers seeking their fortunes. In its heyday, the town was home to several banks, stores, hotels, saloons, brothels, and the Cady Opera House.
One of the biggest names associated with Sheridan’s early days was Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who lived at the Sheridan Inn from 1894 until 1902 and held auditions for his Wild West show on the front lawn. Built in 1893, the hotel was patterned after hunting lodges in Scotland and featured 64 rooms and bathrooms, plus electric lights. Renovated and reopened in 2015, the historic inn is once again a popular place to stay, with 24 guest rooms and private baths and the Open Range restaurant.
The Mint Bar, a local saloon “where you never meet a stranger,” also dates back to the time of Buffalo Bill and remains one of the town’s most popular watering holes. Modern-day breweries such as the Black Tooth Brewing Company and the Luminous Brewhouse have opened in Sheridan in recent years, as has Weston Wineries, which names its wines for local heroes. In addition, the Koltiska Distillery has a tasting room that’s open to the public, plus offers classic carriage rides and tours around the town.
Another good way to learn about Sheridan’s illustrious history is to take Downtown Sheridan Association’s self-guided historic downtown walking tour. History also abounds at the Sheridan County Museum, which includes an exhibit on the Battle of the Rosebud, which preceded the famous Battle of Little Bighorn. The museum at King’s Saddlery features saddles, wagons, photos, guns, carriages, and other western treasures, while Trail End State Historic Site focuses on local history between 1913 and 1933.
The Brinton Museum, located on the Quarter Circle A Ranch in nearby Big Horn, is known for its collections of western art and American Indian art, as well as the historic Brinton ranch house. A number of ranches in the Sheridan area also welcome visitors who want to experience western life firsthand.
Western and American Indian themes are shown in the outdoor sculptures that bring the streets of Sheridan to life, even when the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in July and Don King Days on Labor Day week- end are over. Created by local craftsmen, many of the sculptures are available for purchase. Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College also features some outstanding art.
Denver Air Connection offers daily air service from Denver to the Sheridan County Airport. For more information on Sheridan, visit sheridanwyomingchamber.org.
Celebrating Labor Day
Come Labor Day, we’ll tell summer goodbye and get ready for a new school year, as we start marking holidays on the calendar. Before that time comes, we have an entire month of summer to visit the beach or the mountains, take that trip we’ve been planning, or enjoy a backyard cook-out at home.
For starters, you might go to the free Labor Day Capitol Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Another option is a concert under the stars followed by fireworks, performed by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra at Free- man Stage at Bay- side in Selbyville, Del., also on Labor Day. (Bring your own chair, or pay $10 for guaranteed seating.)
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