Wyoming: Sheridan County

Sheridan County (pop. 29,116) is north of Johnson County, along the border with Montana. It’s one of five Sheridan counties in the U.S. – the others are in Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

All five were named for Gen. Philip Sheridan (1831-1888), who fought in the Civil War and the Indian Wars. He was once reported to have said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” but he denied that he ever did.

“Little Phil” was 5’5″ tall.

The county seat of Sheridan County is the city of Sheridan (pop. 17,444).

Sheridan County Courthouse (1905)

The Sheridan Flouring Mills (1921) closed in 1972 but reopened as a hotel in 1978.

The Mill Inn

Trail End, a mansion in Sheridan built by Wyoming governor and U.S. senator John B. Kendrick, is now Trail End State Historic Site.

Built in 1908-1913

The Sheridan Inn (1893) was once called the finest hotel between Chicago and San Francisco. Buffalo Bill Cody managed it from 1894 to 1896; he auditioned acts for his Wild West Show from the front porch.

Closed since October 2012

The 265-mile Tongue River flows out of the Big Horn Mountains through Sheridan County and north to Montana.

A tributary of the Yellowstone River

South of Sheridan is a monument commemorating the “Fetterman Massacre” of 1866, when Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians killed all 81 men under the command of Capt. William Fetterman.

Ten years before Custer’s Last Stand

The unincorporated community of Big Horn (pop. 490) is the home of the Big Horn Polo Club.

Polo has been played in the area since 1893.


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5 comments on “Wyoming: Sheridan County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    I see why Sheridan was so feisty!!!

  2. John Dodds says:

    It also has the most delicious ice cream in the world!

  3. Margie says:

    Up the Little Goose Creek is one of the most interesting places to visit. The Bradford Brinton Memorial ranch, has the main house in a museum of wonderful artifacts and western art work. There are also an Indian artifacts area and a Trophy house, which displays trophies from faraway places. It’s well worth the drive that is scenic and not that long.

  4. most delicious ice cream in the world?! I’ll out it on my to-visit list then.

    The Polo club looks swanky.

  5. tomikoden says:

    the most delicious ice cream in the world?! I’ll put it on my to-see list.

    The polo grounds sound swanky.

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