Treasure of Sheridan, Wyoming and rich in history, legend and lore, the Historic Sheridan Inn was once the stomping grounds of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his Wild West Show.
Constructed in 1892 as part of a railway extension program, the Sheridan Inn was designed by Omaha architect Thomas R. Kimball. Drawing inspiration from Scottish hotels, the architect included the iconic wraparound porch and bountiful amount of dormered windows in his design. In a short six months, the Inn was constructed and upon completion was the first building in the area furnished with electrical power and bathtubs, giving adventurous travelers a taste of Eastern luxury in the West and was considered the finest hotel between Chicago and San Francisco.
Buffalo Bill Cody frequented the Sheridan Inn as part owner and soon turned the Sheridan Inn into the headquarters for his Wild West Show, from which he auditioned new members from the iconic front porch of the Inn. Local Sheridan cowboys and cowgirls were recruited, including George Gardner and Tode Bard, to join the show and travel to Europe with Buffalo Bill.
With a massive ballroom and a dining room table large enough to seat 165 people, the Sheridan Inn was the social hub for the area, hosting grand dances and dinners. The 64 hotel rooms hosted new residents of Sheridan who stayed at the Inn while their houses were being built and ranchers would spend their weekends at the Inn. Early prices at the Sheridan Inn were one dollar per night and fifty cents for lunch or dinner. Over the years, The Sheridan Inn drew notable guests from far and wide, such as Ernest Hemingway, President Hoover, Will Rogers and Bob Hope.
Unfortunately, The Sheridan Inn’s condition began to deteriorate over the decades, forcing its doors to close to overnight guests in 1965, around the same time it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2013, the Inn came under new ownership that was dedicated to upgrade the historic hotel and restaurant to their former glory. For the first time in 50 years, the Sheridan Inn has reopened its renowned doors once again. Overnight guests can choose from one of the Inn’s 22 rooms, which have been uniquely designed and named after important figures in Buffalo Bill’s life. Reserving a room involves looking over a Room Menu and selecting from such options as the “Sitting Bull Room” or “Annie Oakley Room”. Each suite presents the times and individual histories of the person in the room’s overall finish and furnishings, artifacts and exhibit.
A true testament to the incredible amount of time and work dedicated to the renovation and reopening of the Inn, the Historic Sheridan Inn recently received the “Best Preservation of a Historic Western Building” award from True West’s Best of the West 2016.