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Each year, True West Magazine names the “Best of the West” across the country, recognizing institutions that best keep the spirit of the American West alive. The “Best of the West” categories include Best Arts and Collectibles, Firearms, Heritage Travel, Movies and TV Series, Western Books and Western Wear.

True West Magazine’s 2017 Best of the West Awards have been announced and Sheridan is taking home 4 awards:

  • Best Place to Live Like an Old West Cowboy – Sheridan – Reader’s Choice
  • Best Promotion of a Historic Place – Sheridan – Editor’s Choice
  • Best Preservation of a Historic Western Building – Historic Sheridan Inn – Reader’s Choice
  • Best Chuckwagon Cook-Off – Big Horn Heritage Days – Reader’s Choice

true_west-shr-inn-webFor the Sheridan Inn to be awarded “Best Preservation of a Historic Western Building” is a true testament to the incredible amount of time and work dedicated to the renovation and reopening of the Sheridan Inn. This is the second year in a row the Sheridan Inn has earned this award.

Another familiar award for Sheridan is the “Best Place to Live Like an Old West Cowboy” which was also awarded in 2014. To receive this award in combination with the “Best Promotion of a Historic Place” is a great tribute to our remarkable Western heritage and lifestyle of the Modern West. “We know how special Sheridan is, and it’s gratifying to be able to share all we have to offer with the True West readers.” Shawn Parker, Executive Director, Sheridan Travel & Tourism.


The “Best Chuckwagon Cook-Off” was awarded to Big Horn Heritage Days, an annual celebration honoring the founding of the town of Big Horn. The
Big Horn Heritage Days draws teams from around the country, and their circa 1880’s covered wagons, to compete in a competition of cooking and authenticity of their wagons.

Wyoming was well decorated with “Best of the West” awards this year, receiving a total of 14 across the state. For a full list, please visit: https://www.truewestmagazine.com

Approaching its 64th year of publication, True West Magazine captures the history of the American frontier through authentic literary nonfiction and heritage travel narratives in the spirit of the Wild West. The publication has a large readership of 312,000, who are enthusiasts of history and Western lifestyles.

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