Sheridan, Wyoming


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Prior to the period of European exploration, various Native American tribes inhabited the area of North America, which would eventually become the US state of Wyoming.  These tribes included the Cheyenne, the Crow, the Arapaho, the Lakota, and the Shoshone.  Wyoming became part of the Spanish Empire and later part of the Mexican territory of Alta California.  Eventually, however, it was ceded to the US following the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.

Northern Wyoming – particularly the area around the Bighorn Mountains – saw many clashes between Native American Tribes and the US Army.  The city of Sheridan was named after General Philip Sheridan, who was a Union cavalry leader during the American Civil War.  According to Sheridan’s website, another US Army leader, General Crook, was camped on Little Goose Creek south of Sheridan, in June of 1876.  General Crook and his men “were fishing on Teepee Creek when they saw smoke to the north.”  This smoke originated from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, or as it is more popularly known, Custer’s Last Stand.

Today, according to a 2012 US Census Bureau estimate, Sheridan has a total population of 17,698 people.  Sheridan is located in Sheridan County.  The Sheridan area is considered a “Micropolitan Statistical Area.”  In 2011, the US Census Bureau estimated the Sheridan Micropolitan Statistical Area had a total population of 29,116.


In 2006, True West Magazine ranked Sheridan, Wyoming as number one on its list of Top Western Towns for Tourism.  Due to Sheridan’s proximity to both Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 14, Sheridan is considered a prime vacation destination and travel stop.

Among Sheridan’s attractions is the Trail End State Historic Site.  The Trail End State Historic Site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This site is a mansion, which was completed in 1913.  It was the home of John Benjamin Kendrick, who was a cattle rancher before becoming the governor of Wyoming and ultimately a three-term United States senator.  The Trail End State Historic Site now serves as a museum.

One of Sheridan’s oldest attractions, the Sheridan Inn, is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  Architect Thomas R. Kimball built the Sheridan Inn in 1893 and it was managed as a hotel for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad by world famous Buffalo Bill Cody from 1894 to 1896.  Apparently, during this time, Buffalo Bill auditioned “talent for his Wild West Show from the broad front porch during his ownership.”

Other buildings in Sheridan listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include the Sheridan Flouring Mills, Inc., which was built in 1921, and the Sheridan County Courthouse, which was built from 1904-1905.  Interestingly, the Sheridan County Courthouse was designed by Link & McAllister in the Classical Revival, Beaux-Arts style.

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo has taken place annually in the city since 1931.  The Sheridan WYO Rodeo “is widely regarded as one of the top rodeos in the nation.”  In fact, it attracts 25,000 guests to Sheridan each year.  The Sheridan WYO Rodeo takes place in July at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.

Do you own a small business in the Sheridan, Wyoming area?  Are you considering it?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Sheridan, Wyoming

Doing Business in Sheridan, Wyoming

Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

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