USA April 26, 2018
The One Historic U.S. Cowboy Town You Absolutely Need To Visit
The cowboy way of life may have changed since the days of the Wild West, but it is still alive and well in towns and areas across America. While the American culture of cattle drives, horse wrangling, and honky-tonks may have changed with times, the lifestyle and livelihood can be found in towns across the United States. Here’s why you’ll want to boot-scoot on over to Sheridan, Wyoming, and visit this historic and thriving U.S. cowboy town:
The town is home to the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, one of the largest in the nation.
The outdoor rodeo, in existence since 1931, draws in contestants from all over the world. It was created by the town's local citizens to create some "action" to the quiet town. Apparently, it worked! The The 2018 rodeo will take place July 9-15 and the town goes all out to welcome visitors and its cowboys.
Visitors are welcome around these parts.
At last census, Sheridan has a population of around 18,000. It's often referred to as "Wyoming's Jewel" for its fabled history and for its Main Street that showcases the spectacular Bighorn Mountains in the background. Today, Sheridan is known as the place where the Old West and New West collide
The cowboy lifestyle here is still alive and kicking.
Real working cowboys still herd cattle and tend ranches and livestock, and professional cowboys harness their various rodeo skills. Visitors can delight in not only learning aout the Old West, but experience many of the beloved activities from that era as well.
Farmers are found in the wide open spaces and fields around Sheridan.
The top crops grown in Wyoming are hay, barley, and sugar beets followed by wheat and corn. Most visitors are in awe of the sweeping, uncrowded landscapes and rich farmlands found here.
The town maintains its old-timey western charm.
This refurnished stagecoach is displayed and is used in old-timey, non-motorized parades and special events. Sheridan is the epicenter of festivals and cultural celebrations in Northern Wyoming.
Many of the businesses here have some colorful histories...and the proprietors here are more than happy to swap stories.
The Mint Bar with its neon bucking bronco sign is beloved by both locals and visitors alike. The unassuming downtown has kept its Old West feel by preserving many of the historic buildings and facades.
Western goods are still handcrafted, and stores here showcase the craftsmanship of locals who live here.
Throughout the downtown area are many museums and shops that take a historical look backward in time.
Sheridan is the trailhead to outdoor adventure.
Outdoor recreation is practically limitless. Visitors enjoy backpacking, hiking, fishing the pristine mountain waters, mountain biking, rock climbing, and more.
Food here is hearty and reflective of the Old West.
Lunch at the Silver Spur Cafe here serves up a large portion of chicken fried steak. Expect steak houses and barbecue here as well. Breakfast is also popular, where locals and visitors fill up with traditional morning fare and endless cups of coffee. Simply put, you won't leave hungry at any of the eateries in Sheridan.
There's nothing quite like the sunsets and evenings in Sheridan.
Forget the bright lights of the big city. From here you'll be able to marvel at the expansive sky and stars like you've perhaps never before seen.
Have you ever visited the beautiful Sheridan, Wyo., and if so, are there particular attractions, accommodations, and restaurants you’d recommend? Are there other cities in Wyoming you’d recommend exploring as well We’d love to hear your comments! You might want to consider staying at any of these
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