It was announced Wednesday that The Historic Sheridan Inn had been purchased by a local hotel management group, which also owns the Sheridan Center on North Main. The new owner joins the existing staff already in place to operate the hotel.
Karen Schumacher, Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for four years, had this to say about some of their projects. “Our first objective is the rooms. We plan to organize events in order to get involved in the community. The Sheridan Inn is part of our history and the history of Wyoming and the nation. We look forward to being part of the team there.
The Sheridan Inn is registered as a National Historic Landmark and designated as a Historic Hotel of America. It was built by the Sheridan Land Company and funded in part by the Burlington Missouri Railroad in 1892, and opened in 1893. Buffalo Bill co-owned the inn and often auditioned performers for his Wild West show from the front porch.
The hostel cost around $25,000 to build. It is three stories tall and when it opened there were 62 bedrooms, a living room and billiard room, a dining room and a kitchen.
Today there are twenty-two period rooms, named after Buffalo Bill and twenty-one key figures in his life. Information on each of these people is available. Many of the characters are icons of the American West.
The inn will continue to be marketed as a boutique hotel, showcasing its authentic western charm and rich history.
Schumacher said plans to reopen the salon and restaurant are possible, but she added, “We want to be very thoughtful about that.”
Schumacher said they would offer breakfast vouchers at the nearby Welcome Market Hall. “They are open six days a week. On the day they close they plan to have food that we can serve here, so there will be breakfast every morning.
She added that they offer vouchers to the Sheridan Center and that there are many good breakfast restaurants in Sheridan, and that’s a way to work with local businesses and focus on events and community-focused events. “We also plan to use local coffee,” Schumacher said.
Former owners, Bob and Dana Townsend, and interim general manager, Matt White, are working closely with the new owner to ensure a smooth transition.