Sheridan
Pop. 15,804 Elev. 3,745


The Sheridan area has been valuable territory since the days when only Native Americans roamed here, along with the buffalo and other wild game. Once a prized hunting ground, it was often disputed even before white men came. It was not until the establishment of the Bozeman Trail, however, that the Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and other tribes came together to fight off the increasing influx of settlers.

Some of the bloodiest battles of the Plains Indian War, which took place in the 1860s and 70s, occurred nearby. The Fetterman Fight, Wagon Box Fight, Connor and Sawyer Battles, the Battle of the Rosebud, the Dull Knife Battle, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn all took place within just miles of Sheridan. For that reason, this portion of the Bozeman Trail became known as the Bloody Bozeman. It was not until the surrender of leaders such as Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull that hostilities eased, and the area was open to settlement.

In 1878, mountain man Jim Mason built the first permanent building here. A store and post office opened in 1881. Storeowner Harry Mandel sold the place to Jim Loucks, who planned the town and named it for his Civil War commander, General Philip Sheridan. Homesteaders and cattle ranchers moved into the area, creating an agricultural crossroads where the Burlington Railroad set up a stop in 1892. The discovery of coal in the area added to the towns growing prosperity. The building of several flourmills and a sugar beet factory contributed to the economy as well. The twentieth century brought several booms and busts, but now the city has settled into a serene mix of agriculture, energy production, and tourism.

The lowest city in Wyoming, Sheridan’s elevation is 3745 feet.

Let's Rodeo
Rodeo events all summer, featuring the Sheridan WYO PRCA Rodeo week, Don King Days Old West Rodeo, cowgirls and county rodeos, youth and college rodeos, and team ropings

Experience Big Horn Mountain Recreation
Paradise for fly fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, rock climbing, hang gliding, wild flower and wildlife photography, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing

Visit Buffalo Bill's Favorite Wyoming Home
Take a tour of the Historic Sheridan Inn where Buffalo Bill auditioned acts for his Wild West Show. Home of Buffalo Bill Days Wild West Show, art festivals, and resident ghosts

Enjoy Parks & Walking Paths
View live elk, buffalo or concerts in Kendrick Park. Enjoy the fountain or labyrinth at Whitney Commons Park, walk or bike along community-wide pathways, or ice skate at the new park

Participate In The Arts
Enjoy plays at the WYO or Carriage House Theaters. Visit art exhibits at Ucross Foundation, Bradford Brinton Museum, local library & galleries, showcasing hundreds of talented artisans

Explore our 6 individual "Loop Tours" and details a'plenty at www.sheridanwyoming.org

Come Stay Where Cowboys work and play!

Top 10 ways to Surrender your Spirit to Sheridan, Wyoming "the West at its Best!"

Explore Western Museums & Mansion
Trail End Mansion's Flemish Revival architecture, Bradford Brinton Memorial Ranch's famous western art, and King's Saddlery and Western Museum, and Sheridan County Museum

Golf Capital Of Wyoming
Championship golf with four courses within 35 mile radius: Kendrick Golf Course, Sheridan Country Club, The Powder Horn, Buffalo Golf Course

Tour Historic Main Street
Explore the West's architectural past via the historic downtown walking or trolley tours and the unique specialty, western, and art shops - home to over 30 buildings on the National Register

Discover Indian Wars
Relive war history surrounding Sheridan at Little Big Horn Battlefield, Fort Phil Kearny - home of Bozeman Trail Days, Fetterman Massacre, Rosebud and Connor Fights

Watch Polo
The Big Horn Equestrian Center features polo every Sunday all summer

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