Lasso the Fun
You’ll find one of Gary Cooper’s hats and a pair of John Wayne’s leather breeches, along with some of the most beautifully crafted leather saddles you’ve ever seen in Sheridan, Wyo.
They are in the Don King Museum where you’ll also discover historical cowboy photos and Native American artifacts. The museum is in the back of King’s Saddlery/ King Ropes, which stocks nearly every piece of gear a cowgirl or cowboy may need, including ropes, bridles, reins and hand-engraved saddles. (www.kingssaddlery.com/museum.htm)
Explore more of the quaint town of Sheridan, a 30-mile drive from the Montana border, and discover an array of authentic attractions. Cradled by the Bighorn Mountains, downtown Sheridan is lined with historical landmarks and buildings, including 46 registered on the National Registry of Historic Places. Many buildings were constructed after the Burlington & Missouri Railroad built tracks through town in 1892, leading to a boom fueled by railroad-related businesses and coal.
Catch a glimpse of the Wild West days at nearby places like Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, a U.S. Army outpost during the late 1860s, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, which memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry, the Sioux and Cheyenne who fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. To see how one of Wyoming’s most prominent cattle ranchers lived, head to Trail End State Historic Site, a 13,000-square-foot mansion of former Wyoming Gov. John B. Kendrick, who also served as a U.S. senator from 1913-33.
Thirsty after sightseeing? Check out The Mint, the oldest bar in Sheridan, which opened in 1907. Or head to the award-winning Black Tooth Brewing Co. and order the Saddle Bronc Brown ale for a taste of western hospitality.
For more information:
Sheridan Travel and Tourism
PO Box 7155, Sheridan, WY 82801