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Featured City Friday: Sheridan & Buffalo, WY

Featured City Friday highlights fun and interesting features of our agents’ cities across the mountain west region. Let’s explore all that Sheridan and Buffalo, WY have to offer! 

Sheridan & Buffalo, Wyoming

 
Big Horn Mountains, WY (bighornmountains.com)

Sheridan, the county seat of Sheridan County, is one of Wyoming’s larger cities with a population of over 17,000 people. Located in Northeastern Wyoming, this city is also near the beautiful Bighorn Mountains. The city was named after General Phillip Sheridan, a Union cavalry leader in the American Civil War in 1882. In 1892, the arrival of the Burlington and Missouri Railroads boosted the economic status of the town and lead to the construction of the iconic Sheridan Inn, where Buffalo Bill Cody was once a financial partner. Now, Sheridan is an economic hub in the area.

Just a 35 minute drive away from Sheridan, Buffalo is the county seat of Johnson County. With a population of nearly 5,000 people, the town has grown due to methane production and extraction nearby. Agriculture is also big in Buffalo, as is tourism, due to the town’s location at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. Visitors from all over the country come to Buffalo for nearby recreational activities, beautiful scenery, and a taste of Wild West history. Historical sites like Fort Kearney and Butch Cassidy’s infamous “Hole in the Wall” hideout are just a short drive away.

 
Unique Attractions
 

King’s Saddlery and Museum, Sheridan, WY (King’s Saddlery)

Sheridan: King’s Saddlery and Museum

The Don King Museum and King’s Saddlery is a must-see in Sheridan! King’s Saddlery is a Western tack store that sells cowboy gear including saddles, ropes, bridles and roping equipment. They also have a variety of western-themed gift ideas such as jewelry, frames and books. The Don King Museum is located off of the Rope Shop. The museum showcases cowboy memorabilia such as wagons, coaches, Native American artifacts and guns. Your visit to the old west town of Sheridan would not be complete without a visit to this one-of-a-kind museum!

Stop for a drink in the historic Occidental Hotel Saloon! (Travel Wyoming)

Buffalo: The Occidental Hotel

Stepping into the historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo is like stepping directly into the Old West. Everywhere you walk, you will be walking where famous figures of the Wild West once walked; including Butch Cassidy, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, Tom Horn, and even a young Teddy Roosevelt. Many of the furnishings are also authentic, including the embossed ceilings, chairs, and even the bullet holes in the saloon! You can even stay in one of the many historic rooms at the Occidental, which are furnished with antiques and decorated in elegant period style.

 
Festivals/Events
 

Sheridan: Born in a Barn Creative Sale

Born in a Barn Creative Sale is a shopper’s paradise. You will find one-of-a-kind items for your home or garden at this annual sale. Clothing, furniture, art, antiques, food and jewelry are just some of the items you can buy for yourself or someone special. A $5 gate fee is all you will pay to be able to peruse all that the event has to offer. With over 75 vendors to choose from, there is sure to be a gift for that someone who is hard to shop for!

Born in a Barn Creative Sale is a shoppers paradise! (sheridanwyoming.com)

Buffalo: Longmire Days

Buffalo has gained some international fame through the hit book and television series “Longmire,” which are based on life in the small town and surrounding area. Though the TV show, which ran for 6 seasons on A&E, was not actually filmed in Buffalo, the town has been celebrating the show’s popularity during Longmire Days since 2011.  The four-day festivities consist of a wide variety of activities; including a 5K, paint party in the park, talent show, bluegrass concert, Pow-Wow dances, parade, car show, rodeo and street dance. Craig Johnson, the author of the Longmire book series, attends the event each year; as do several actors from the hit TV show! If you’re planning to attend Longmire Days, be sure to bring your autograph book!

Robert Taylor of the Longmire TV show waves to fans during the Longmire Days parade.

 
Top Restaurants
 

Interior of Frackeltons in Sheridan, WY (Trip Advisor)

Sheridan: Frackelton’s

Frackelton’s is located in downtown historic Sheridan; its current location was once the D&D Hardware Building. This building also was the location of the “Sagebrush Dentist” and the namesake of Frackeltons, Dr. William Frackelton. His name and signature molar can be seen on the Main Street window. With its appeal, atmosphere and excellent food, this is a favorite restaurant of locals. There’s something for everyone at this downtown treasure including steak, chicken, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood and a wide variety of desserts and drinks. You won’t leave Frackelton’s feeling hungry!

A New York Strip at the famous Winchester Steakhouse (Tripadvisor.com)

Buffalo: Winchester Steakhouse

The Winchester Steakhouse is the top-rated restaurant in Buffalo, with reviewers raving about the establishment’s perfectly cooked and seasoned steaks. Some even call it the best steak in Wyoming! Start with an adventurous appetizer like Rocky Mountain Oysters, and choose one of their famous steaks, seafood dishes, or nightly specials for your entree. If you’re looking for fine dining “beneath the Bighorns,” you’ll want to stop at Winchester. 

 

 
Our Sheridan Agents:
 

Erin DeFries

 

Erin DeFries

Bob DeFries

 

Bob DeFries

Dave Craft

 

Dave Craft

Lloyd Meineke

 

Lloyd Meineke

 
Our Buffalo Agent:
 

Nick Smith

 

Nick Smith

“Buffalo is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.  We are five minutes from the Bighorn Mountains, and five minutes from a number of lakes and reservoirs.  The access to the outdoors is awesome!” – Nick Smith

 
Follow the link to TripAdvisor to find Sheridan‘s and Buffalo‘s nearby hotels, airports and reviews.
 
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