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Sheridan, Wyo.: Weekender

Buffalo Bill Cody's legend and more corpreal public sculptures meet and get along famously in this high plains county seat.

Trail End State Historic Site, Sheridan Wyoming, image
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Kendrick Mansion, aka Trail End State Historic Site, is Wyoming's only Flemish revival building.

Some Western towns stage gunfights on main streets lined with chichi art galleries. Then there’s Sheridan, a history-rich settlement near the Big Horn Mountains, where Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show resided in the 1890s and 61 public sculptures populate the downtown today.

Area code is 307 except as noted.

TO DO AND SEE Sheridan WYO Rodeo Enjoy all the usual events as well as the World Champion Indian Relay Races, July 8 through 17. 672-9715, Don King Museum Among the 6,200 pieces amassed by the founder of King’s Saddlery are 350 firearms, 550 saddles, and a concha belt worn by pop artist Andy Warhol. James Jackson hand tools leather on a marble slab in the back. 184 N. Main St., 672-2702, Big Horn Polo Club Free tournament games every Sunday through Labor Day; practice games Wednesday and Friday. 674-4928, 932 Bird Farm Rd., Kendrick Park Small herds of elk and buffalo live a few blocks from downtown. 674-6483, ext 250. Sheridan Inn Buffalo Bill Cody held auditions on the porch. Miss Kate, who worked here until 1965 and whose ashes reside in a hallway wall, is said to cheerfully haunt the inn. 856 Broadway St., 673-2178,

TOURS Tom Balding Bits & Spurs Trailed by cats Bit and Spur, Balding shows prospective clients around his clean, quiet shop. 655 Riverside St., 672-8459, Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum Not much has changed at Brinton’s Quarter Circle A Ranch since the businessman’s death in 1936. Oils by Frederic Remington still hang above sculptures by Charles M. Russell. If you ask in advance, the curator might pull a book of Audubon engravings from the 4,000-volume collection. 239 Brinton Rd., Big Horn, 672-3173, Trail End State Historic Site Look for the 19th-century music box at Wyoming’s only Flemish revival building. 400 Clarendon Ave., 674-4589,

EATS Remington’s The Kobe beef comes from a Montana ranch and the spaghetti sauce recipe from the executive chef’s Neapolitan grandma. 23 Country Club Ln., 673-4800, LuLu’s Café Pancakes may be made with amaranth, millet, oats, and teff, but the portions are pure cowboy. 118 N. Brooks St., 674-5858, Oliver’s Bar & Grill Don’t skip the sweet potato fries at this spot named for the owner’s grandfather, Oliver Henry Wallop, the eighth Earl of Portsmouth. 55 N. Main St., 672-2838. Black Tooth Brewing Company Up to eight beers on tap in a former garage. 312 Broadway St., 675-2337.

This article was first published in July 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.