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Sheridan - Wyoming

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An historic ranching town nestled beneath the eastern flank of the Rockies -- the Big Horn range -- in northeastern Wyoming, Sheridan played a large part in the terrible Indian wars of the great plains, as Crazy Horse and his Indian warriors clashed with army troops. Two of the most ferocious battles were fought near Sheridan: the Wagon Box Fight, and the Fetterman Fight.

The community was established when two trappers built a cabin beside Little Goose Creek in 1873. It became a hub for ranchers, miners and railroad workers. During the latter part of the 1800s, English "remittance men" came to the area and established a flourishing cattle ranching industry and, as a result, the town has a distinct English atmosphere.

The town is situated on Interstate 90, 25 miles south of the Wyoming / Montana border. All of the Big Horn recreational opportunities can be experienced by taking day trips from Sheridan over either route. In the winter, the Big Horn Mountains offer snowmobiling and cross-country skiing along forest roads.

What to See & Do

There are several places to sample the history of the Sheridan area. The Trail's End Museum, finished in superb carved woodwork, is the former home of cattle baron (and Wyoming governor and senator) John B. Kendrick.

The prime visitor attraction in this region is the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This is where General Custer and his soldiers met more than their match when they fought the Battle of Little Bighorn against the combined warriors of the Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapahoe. Operated by the National Park Service, the battlefield is alway a meaningful place to visit, but in June, a reenactment of the battle is held with Crow and Lakota in full battle dress. At any time, you can tour the battlefield, and take a drive through the Crow Reservation. For information on the battlefield, call (406) 638-2621. The reservation,holds the annual Crow Fair and Rodeo each August.

The Bradford Brinton Memorial Ranch is the preserved reminder of the days of the remittance men who settled the area and the ranches they developed. Fort Phil Kearney, south of town via Interstate 90 and Hwy. 87, is the site of the army fort which had the bloodiest times of any army establishment during the settling of the West. It was besieged by Chief Red Cloud on many occasions, in the struggle to protect the Bozeman Trail. The site is open year-round from dawn to dusk. During summer months, the fort's visitor center and State Museum are open to the public. 11 miles north of Sheridan

Just south of Ranchester, Connor Battlefield is a reminder of the famous Tongue River Battle, in which General Patrick Connor and 400 troops of the Powder River Expedition surprised the Cheyenne and Arapaho villages of Black Bear and Old Devil. The troops killed 63 Indians and captured 1,000 Indian ponies.

Bighorn Canyon National Reservation Area is off U.S. Highway 14A, near Lovell, Wyoming, Lovel i reached from Sheridan by driving north to Ranchester, and then heading west on Hwy 14 and 14A, through the Big Horn Mountains (a superb drive). The recreation area features camping and water sports on 71-mile long Bighorn Lake.

Where to Eat

Sanford's Grub & Pub Brewery, at 1 East Alger Street (Alger Avenue and Main Street) serves more than 100 brews, including several brewed on the premises. Sanford's serves a wide range of dishes, from standard pub food to steaks, pasta, and more. It's one of a large regional chain of brew pubs.

Oliver's Bar & Grill, located in the former site of Ciao Bistro, at 55 North Main, is now an upscale, fine dining establishment under the aegis of chef & owner Matt Wallop. The Brundage Street Gourmet—next door—Wallop’s companion wine shop features several hundred wines, plus cheeses, coffees, breads, olive oils and vinegars.

The Historic Sheridan Inn, 856 Broadway, has a restaurant and saloon in an 1893 building—on the National Historic Register. The menu includes steaks (not unusual for Wyoming), and a wonderful burger. The saloon here is atmospheric, and this is a fine place to eat and drink. the restaurant also contains a bar.
NOTE: The Sheridan Inn has been sold, and the new owners, are renovating and renewing the historic hotel. We will try to post on this page when it re-opens for people to stay and eat there.

 

 

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