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.
The county seat of Sheridan County is the city of Sheridan (pop. 17,444).
The Sheridan Flouring Mills (1921) closed in 1972 but reopened as a hotel in 1978.
Trail End, a mansion in Sheridan built by Wyoming governor and U.S. senator John B. Kendrick, is now Trail End State Historic Site.
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.
The 265-mile Tongue River flows out of the Big Horn Mountains through Sheridan County and north to Montana.
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.
The unincorporated community of Big Horn (pop. 490) is the home of the Big Horn Polo Club.
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