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The Historic Sheridan Inn was the home of Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as the site where he auditioned acts for his famous Wild West Show. The building's unique architecture has also been a cause for fascination—in 1949 it was named in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The House of 69 Gables."Work out when and for how long to visit The Historic Sheridan Inn and other Sheridan attractions using our handy Sheridan travel route planner.
Burlington & Missouri Railroad and the Sheridan Land Company let the contract for construction of the Sheridan Inn in December of 1892. The Inn, three-stories high and boasting 69 gables along with its original 69 rooms, three fireplaces, a Grand Ballroom, and a huge covered veranda, had a reported construction cost of $25,000. It opened for business on May 27th, 1893 with a Grand Opening following on June 27th.
The Sheridan Inn's significance is derived from its contribution to the history of America. It represents the settlement of the West for its connection with the railroad. The Sheridan Inn's integral connection with Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West Show" adds further significance as he transported an aura of western history and culture to the nation and Europe.
Still further significance is attributed to the Sheridan Inn's architect, Thomas Rogers Kimball, who was recognized nationally. Kimball drew on both his education and travels to Europe and Great Britain in his work. His unusual design for the Inn is attributed to a visit to a Scottish hunting lodge.
If these factors alone were not significant, there is the Inn's extensive list of famous guests - politicians, generals, and cultural luminaries. In 1964, the Sheridan Inn received our nation's highest historic designation as a National Historic Landmark.
The departure of the last guest from the Sheridan Inn was a little more than forty years ago. The Inn closed its total operation on May 1st, 1965. It was sold to a developer who was planning to build a gas station on the site! The building itself was donated to the Sheridan County Historical Society on the understanding that it would be moved to another location. However, this proved unfeasible and by 1966, it was scheduled for demolition.
At this time, Neltje King came forward to save the condemned Inn, and made the first round of investments in the Inn's future. She had renovations done on the Inn and operated it for several years as a successful restaurant.
In 1990, the Sheridan County Historical Joint Powers Board purchased the Sheridan Inn out of bankruptcy, and leased it to the Sheridan Heritage Center who paid off the loans and later received title. By 1996, the Sheridan Heritage Center had made the second round of investments, some $1.5 million dollars, yet always knowing that more was needed, especially once it was discovered that low-bearing capacity of the soils under the foundations of the Inn had caused massive structural deterioration. Over $2 million was put into the structural stabilization of the Inn, when the deteriorating foundation threatened to bring the Inn down.
The Historic Sheridan Inn reviews
The outside is very distinctive. The inside is very well done with historic styling. The lower floor is the only floor that can be seen by non guests.
The outside is very distinctive. The inside is very well done with historic styling. The lower floor is the only floor that can be seen by non guests. more »
In May, we stayed one night in the Miss Kate Arnold room 306 and enjoyed this historical hotel very much. It is clean, beautifully restored, and comfortable. Our room was spacious. We loved the...
In May, we stayed one night in the Miss Kate Arnold room 306 and enjoyed this historical hotel very much. It is clean, beautifully restored, and comfortable. Our room was spacious. We loved the... more »
One of the best hotels! The rooms are very clean and well taken care of. You can tell the staff has paid attention to detail with little touches in the room most chain hotels lack. Each room is named after a person Buffalo Bill knew, a wonderful way to tie into the rich history. The staff was very kind and attentive and helped assist us in all of our needs. The rooms come with breakfast vouchers for a restaurant across the street. Such unique and delicious food!! The kids appreciated the experience of having real keys to open our room. It's rare to come across that these days!
Absolutely gorgeous historic hotel! If you want to stay at a piece of frontier Wild West history- this is definitely the place. Rooms are unique and well appointed, hotel is immaculately clean, cozy, and front desk staff (Connie ☺️) were very welcoming! The rooms - Beds are insanely comfortable, the bathroom with walk- in tile shower -wow - a little coffee nook with seating area in our Roughriders room too! The hotel is conveniently located not far from Main Street Sheridan, you can walk or drive. Will definitely be returning next year, as a stop on our travels. What a Gem! A+++
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