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hile the allure of the Old West, a historic downtown and breathtaking scenery remain major components of its economic base, Sheridan County’s community leaders are also cashing in on the next frontier: technology. The leadership has not forgotten its roots, which are still flourishing in a tourism-based economy. During the past year an economic development task force comprised of key members from the City of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sheridan, the Wyoming Business Council and other organizations actively worked together on forward planning for the community. They’ve taken steps to ensure Sheridan County is more than just a vacation destination. A recently completed streetscape improvement project welcomes residents and visitors alike to North Main Street, Sheridan’s main thoroughfare, and the City, Downtown Sheridan Association and North Main Neighborhood Association are working to better define the district through improved gateways, parks, trails, design standards, and pedestrian and cyclist access.

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Best of the West Consistently ranked at the top of Best of the West lists, Sheridan boasts a vibrant downtown that features a farmer’s market, a June-September monthly street festival that draws more than 3,000 each month, seasonal events and the WYO Theater, a live-performance venue. “We have an amazing community,” says Stacie Coe, executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association. “Everyone is so supportive and community-oriented.” Renovation of historic downtown warehouses for business and residential options is also creating new opportunity for the downtown area. New Business Incubator, Park Looking toward the future, Sheridan County leaders have developed a successful business incubator that could be a game-changer in traditional health-care services reaping new jobs and investment for this community of 30,000. Leveraging a $1 million grant provided by the Wyoming Business Council in late 2010, Sheridan County commissioners and Forward Sheridan (the county’s public/private economic
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Welcome to Sheridan County
An introduCtion to the AreA’S people, plACeS And eventS

Get Golfing
Golfers have several courses to choose from in Sheridan County, including the 27-hole, semi-private Powder horn Golf Course that incorporates both meadow and creek-side terrain. opened in 1997, Powder horn Golf Course is the centerpiece of a 900-acre residential community ranked one of Where to Retire magazine’s top 100 Master Planned Communities. other golfing options include the community’s venerable golf course, Sheridan Country Club, with its 18-hole, parkland-style layout, and Kendrick Golf Course, which has been rated one of the top five courses in Wyoming by Golf Digest magazine.

Modern Mining
Coal production is big business in the Sheridan area. you may be picturing those seven famous dwarves who spent their days mining away, but in Sheridan, they mine the modern way. Rich with fossil fuels and methane gas, the state of Wyoming is the nation's no. 1 coal producer, and the Sheridan community certainly does its part to contribute. nearby Decker Coal and Spring Creek Mine utilize dragline open-pit operations. in 2010 alone, Spring Creek mined and shipped approximately 19.3 million tons of coal and received national excellence in Surface Mining and Reclamation awards in both 2005 and 2009.

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Book browsing in Sheridan is made easy, thanks to the fulmer Public library. fulmer serves as the main library in the Sheridan system, making it a book gold mine and constant haunt for the literary-minded crew. if that crew sounds good to you, you're in for a treat. the library offers its browsers free wireless internet, rotating events and exhibits, and start-your-own book club kits. oh, and did we mention the books? there are plenty of those to go around.

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Get Ready to Ride
each July, Sheridan gears up for the annual Sheridan Wyo Rodeo, where the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls compete in four Professional Rodeo Cowboys association performances. What started as a small local-lead rodeo in 1931 has become a tradition for more than 80 years, and is consistently ranked as one of the top professional rodeos in north america. the key to success? a hard-working, visionary board of directors and big financial support from major sponsors, with prize money at the Sheridan rodeo ranking it in the top tier of the more than 600 Professional Rodeo Cowboys association events staged in america each year. and of course, the events – including roping, barrel racing, bull riding, all your rodeo favorites and the world-renowned championship indian relay races – are something you have to see to believe.

the Show Must Go on
the city shows its artsy side at the Wyo theater. Built in 1923 as a vaudeville theater, the Wyo saw many incarnations over the years, bearing a range of names from the lotus to the Western theater for Western people. despite the theater’s adaptability, it closed its doors in 1982. But with community support and a nonprofit established in its name, this Wyo earned its happy ending. the theater had its grand reopening in 1989, and now features regular live entertainment and educational opportunities. on average, 25 live performances are held each year.

fancy a Match?
ever wonder what a proper game of polo is like? in Sheridan County, it's just another way to stay entertained. the sport, described by many as hockey on horseback, involves two teams, mallets and a really big field. to find out more, head to the rural community of Big horn, where two clubs and nine playing fields make finding a game a breeze. Summer is the game's hot season, with games played three days a week in June and an everyday occurrence from July through labor Day, excluding Mondays. Clubs such as the Big horn Polo Club and the flying h Polo Club supply plenty of players for a day full of polo.
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CLAYTON’S LEGEND PARK Smithfield, NC KANKAKEE RIVER TRAIL Kankakee, IL LANDAHL PARK Blue Springs, MO RIVERFRONT PARK Salem, OR TONGUE RIVER TRAIL Sheridan, WY STANKY CREEK BIKE TRAILS Collierville, TN KERR SCOTT TRAIL North Wilkesboro, NC BEND RIVERSIDE TRAIL Bend, OR SAN ANGELO STATE PARK San Angelo, TX PASEO DEL BOSQUE Albuquerque, NM

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Fast Facts
n Queen elizabeth ii visited Sheridan County in 1984. She stayed with friends in Big horn and shopped at King’s Saddlery.
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n the county is home to three excellent public school systems with a total of 21 schools. n the region’s top-notch medical facilities include Sheridan memorial hospital and the Sheridan vA medical Center. n in the summer, the Sheridan trolley takes passengers on rides every hour to view the many attractions in Sheridan. tickets are just $1. n Sheridan County offers many open green spaces, including three golf courses, a comprehensive mountain trail system, city pathways and two world-class polo fields.

a Celebration of Sorts
local culture's time to shine comes around every summer. the second weekend in June is dedicated to the Celebrate the arts festival, a two-day event that showcases new on-loan sculptures and local artist demonstrations. Shops and stores throughout downtown host various artists – painters, singers, sculptors, musicians – displaying and demonstrating their work for the Sheridan masses. Children can join in the fun and get a hands-on art lesson. outside, the city's active Public art program supplies various sculptures placed around town. new sculptures are unveiled each year.

sheridan county at a glance
pOpuLATION (2010 CENSuS) Sheridan County: 29,116 Sheridan (county seat): 17,444 LOCATION Sheridan County is in north central Wyoming. bEGINNINGS Sheridan County was organized in 1888. Sheridan was founded by John D. loucks and named after Civil War Gen. Philip henry Sheridan. FOR MORE INFORMATION Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce 1517 e. fifth St., P.o. Box 707 Sheridan, Wy 82801 Phone: (307) 672-2485 fax: (307) 672-7321 www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org

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heridan College has a new 67,850-acre classroom. The school was recently granted access to the Bighorn Mountains by the U.S. Forest Service and acquired a famous tract of land known as Spear-O-Wigwam Ranch, which is located below the sky-scraping peaks of this expansive range. The ranch is where legendary author Ernest Hemingway finished writing A Farewell to Arms in the late 1920s. Now students enrolled in outdoor education sessions at Sheridan College will experience the rugged beauty of the land for themselves. “This college has always been a place where the learning isn’t just in the classroom, so Spear-OWigwam adds another opportunity to get our students engaged with the wider world,” says Dr. Paul Young, president of Sheridan College. “For example, there is a current research project on the ranch studying pack rats, with weather being predicted based entirely on what pack rats put away at various times of the year.” That is one of several interesting occurrences at the college these days, with another being some of the first campus expansions since Sheridan College opened in 1967. “We will be constructing a new $15 million academic center thanks to funding from the State of Wyoming and Whitney Benefits, a foundation that assists academic endeavors in Sheridan County,” Young says. “There will be a groundbreaking in the spring of 2012 and the academic center will add 14 brand new high-tech classrooms to our campus.”

New dorm, Too Young says there are also plans to expand and renovate the student center. “None of our existing buildings are tear downs – they are all in good shape but they are 40-50 years old and were constructed when
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there were 100 resident students on the campus,” he says. “Today, there are 400 resident students and after we finish work on the academic center and the student center, we are going to add another 350-bed dorm building to bring the bed total to 750. The college is really becoming a community within a community in Sheridan County.” $5,000 or $20,000? Besides the Sheridan main campus, the college has a campus in Gillette and outreach programs in Campbell and Johnson counties. The two-year Sheridan College offers several associate of arts, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees, plus certificate programs. “In this tough economy, we also provide strong value,” Young says. “I’ll argue that the courses a student takes in their first or second years at Sheridan College are as academically strong as they would get at any higher education institution. Plus students will save a lot of money, with Sheridan County residents paying $5,000$6,000 a year for tuition, room and board compared to other colleges where those costs can often exceed $20,000 a year.” Intern to Employment Young adds that classes at Sheridan College are often comprised of only 12-14 students. “We offer a diversity of programs, including culinary, hospitality, literature, science, history, theater, nursing, construction technology and welding technology,” he says. “Plus, we can place students in a variety of intern programs, with many of those students eventually becoming employed at those same companies where they intern.”
Clockwise from top right: Sheridan College offers an array of courses including nursing, computer information systems, music and networking.

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hile the allure of the Old West, a historic downtown and breathtaking scenery remain major components of its economic base, Sheridan County’s community leaders are also cashing in on the next frontier: technology. The leadership has not forgotten its roots, which are still flourishing in a tourism-based economy. During the past year an economic development task force comprised of key members from the City of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sheridan, the Wyoming Business Council and other organizations actively worked together on forward planning for the community. They’ve taken steps to ensure Sheridan County is more than just a vacation destination. A recently completed streetscape improvement project welcomes residents and visitors alike to North Main Street, Sheridan’s main thoroughfare, and the City, Downtown Sheridan Association and North Main Neighborhood Association are working to better define the district through improved gateways, parks, trails, design standards, and pedestrian and cyclist access.

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best of the West Consistently ranked at the top of Best of the West lists, Sheridan boasts a vibrant downtown that features a farmer’s market, a June-September monthly street festival that draws more than 3,000 each month, seasonal events and the WYO Theater, a live-performance venue. “We have an amazing community,” says Stacie Coe, executive director of the Downtown Sheridan Association. “Everyone is so supportive and community-oriented.” Renovation of historic downtown warehouses for business and residential options is also creating new opportunity for the downtown area. New business Incubator, park Looking toward the future, Sheridan County leaders have developed a successful business incubator that could be a game-changer in traditional health-care services reaping new jobs and investment for this community of 30,000. Leveraging a $1 million grant provided by the Wyoming Business Council in late 2010, Sheridan County commissioners and Forward Sheridan (the county’s public/private economic
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development agency) have created the High Tech Business Incubator. “It has been a huge success,” says Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender. “By February 2011 we reached capacity and all of the offices were occupied. Our tenants are here because they either generate or aggregate data.” Among those tenants is Apollo Telemedicine, which is working with other technology businesses and Forward Sheridan in introducing, evaluating and implementing video conferencing capabilities throughout hospitals and mental health clinics in the state. “The outcome of this project is to reduce exporting medical care dollars to neighboring states and keep patients locally by improving access at the point of care,” Stender says. “The state exports between $110 and $120 million worth of health care each year. If we can implement telehealth and affect

it by 10 or 15 percent, that’s another $10 or $15 million that stays in the state. That keeps people in local hospitals, reduces costs and improves outcomes.” Other tenants include one creating phone applications targeted to nurses and first responders, one that writes computer code and another that provides environmental technology to Wyoming’s profitable extraction industry. Another job generator is the new 38.5-acre High Tech Business Park that has already landed its first tenant. The park, once a part of the Wrench Ranch, provides shovel-ready sites for advanced manufacturing businesses. With its interstate access and redundant high-speed Internet capabilities, it proved to be a lure for Vacutech, a manufacturer of commercial, industrial and medical central and mobile vacuum cleaning systems, which is creating 35 new jobs in the Sheridan area.

Clockwise from top right: historic main Street; Whitney plaza, a planned mixed-use community located on the east end of the historic grinnell parade grounds; custom rope work at the don King Western museum and Saddlery, one of many historic storefronts on main Street in downtown Sheridan; the Wyo, a live-performance theater downtown

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pTOLEMy dATA SySTEMS Biz: Technological solutions provider Buzz: Sheridan’s only large-scale technological service, Ptolemy Data Systems provides support and solutions for any quandary. The company strives to aid businesses behind the scenes with their mission to “be the invisible hero,” preventing and troubleshooting all issues while monitoring systems. Besides managing IT services, they also provide secure data storage, HD videoconferencing, business continuity and consulting. www.ptolemysystems.com 16
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SHERIdAN STATIONERy, bOOKS & GALLERy Biz: Eclectic book and gift shop Buzz: Located in the historic Meyer-Barr Building, Sheridan Stationery, Books & Gallery has something for everyone. Customers are invited to take their time and peruse the vast selection of local authors showcased among its books. Enthusiasts of the Wild West will have a hard time choosing between tales of cowboy lore, and non-bibliophiles can purchase limited-edition prints and greeting cards. www.sheridanstationery.net TOM bALdING bITS & SpuRS Biz: Western equipment and accessories store Buzz: Shoppers don’t need to be seasoned equestrians to go into Tom Balding Bits & Spurs. Famous for their handcrafted namesakes, visitors can also purchase Western items including memorabilia, home accessories and leather goods. Customers from Denmark to Denver rave about the quality of the work, and examples of it can be seen in the Smithsonian, 2010’s True Grit and Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made. www.tombalding.com HOLLy SEEd Biz: Agricultural research Buzz: Holly Seed has called Sheridan home for almost 100 years. While they were once a factory, Holly Seed began specializing in researching sugarcane and sugar beets in 1936. Today, the company is partnered with SESVanderHave, and its employees strive to provide growers with disease-free varieties of seeds and products that help with the growth and uniformity crops. www.beetseed.com TuRNEd ANTIQuES ETC. Biz: Antique store Buzz: Ten thousand square feet of antiques is a thrifter’s dream; thanks to Turned Antiques Etc., that dream is a reality in Banner, WY. Featuring an eclectic mix of early American and contemporary items, Turned Antiques Etc. is a must-see for devotees of all design styles. New inventory arrives every week, and the cozy atmosphere encourages customers to get lost in the space and discover treasures old and new. www.turnedantiquesetc.com

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ixie Johnson is extending an open invitation to all of the Sheridan County community. as Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce executive director, Johnson brings this message to the 500-plus Chamber member businesses and all the rest of the community: “Get involved, speak up, and join your friends, co-workers, and neighbors in the Chamber forums and activities.” “Give us a call and tell us where your interest lies,” she says. “We can tell you about the opportunities the Chamber might have available and also point you to other organizations and resources in the community. We can all, together, take pride in what we’ve built and what we have.” Johnson says the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce particularly celebrates and promotes the prosperity of the area’s business environment, which in turn supports all aspects of Sheridan County. “in the city of Sheridan and all of Sheridan County, you’ll find a community that honors its pioneering past while embracing its multifaceted future,” she says. “in the midst of it all, we have a thriving business community – from the downtown

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district full of unique shopping in historic buildings, to the new business park with cutting-edge infrastructure and hi-tech companies, to the many entrepreneurial businesses in all parts of the county. this 2012 issue of our annual Images Sheridan County magazine gives just a glimpse into the dynamic environment in Sheridan County.” here is a small sampling of the activities sponsored and coordinated by the Chamber, and opportunities for the community to get involved: • an ambassadors group, also known as the Red Jackets, who greet new businesses and are the visible presence of the Chamber at major events. • one committee stays close to agricultural, natural resources and public land issues and how the public might get involved. • an annual legislative forum where dozens of organizations and individuals bring their issues before the local state legislators, as well as a Candidates forum in election years. • a grand third thursday Street festival in the historic downtown once a month during the summer season. • Career expos for job seekers, along with Job Shadow Days and a Real life fair for students. • Chamber luncheon programs, coffees, Business after hours gatherings and other networking opportunities for the business community. • Workshops on topics ranging from social media marketing to the delivery of exceptional customer service. • an intensive leadership Sheridan County course, delivered over an eight-month period each year, giving participants a more in-depth understanding of the different aspects of Sheridan County life, in preparation for future leadership roles. “then add all the Chamber happenings to everything else going on throughout Sheridan County,” Johnson says. “it’s a fun, stimulating and supportive place to be. We invite you to join us.” – Kevin Litwin
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ECONOMIC pROFILE
buSINESS CLIMATE
the Wyoming economy is strong; the state is one of only a handful showing a large surplus annually for the last half dozen years. this is in large part due to the fortunate abundance of coal and natural gas. the Sheridan area mirrors the state’s economic growth but is more diversified. in addition to growth due to development of natural resources, Sheridan is also growing from a healthy mix of service sector growth, small-business growth, health care and construction.

MAjOR EMpLOyERS TRANSpORTATION
Airports Sheridan County airport 908 W. Brundage ln. Sheridan, Wy 82801 (307) 674.4222 www.sheridancountyairport.com Great lakes airlines (307) 673-1760 www.flygreatlakes.com highways interstate 90 u.S. highway 14 railroad Burlington northern Santa fe www.bnsf.com Sheridan County School district #2 609 employees Sheridan vA medical Center 603 employees Sheridan memorial hospital 460 employees Walmart 333 employees

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A boy interacts with statues at Whitney Commons in downtown Sheridan Wyoming, an park area that includes walking paths, fountains, a playground, maze and garden. Photos by Jeffrey S. Otto

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Located at the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, Amsden Creek Wildlife Management Area offers opportunities to fish, hike, camp and ride horses.

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easy on the tastebuds
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yoming is known for rodeos and Western culture, and Sheridan County restaurants are also putting it on the map for great food. local restaurants serve an enticing mix of entrees, from organic multigrain pancakes to sizzling babyback ribs. there are also plenty of bars to quench your thirst for locally crafted beers.

lulu’s and sageWood north caFé
at lulu’s Café, diners can feast on natural, organic cuisine largely produced by local farmers. tucked away in a cute cottage a block off Main Street, lulu’s serves breakfast, lunch and tapas in the evening. order up a stack of multigrain pancakes topped with blueberries, honey and cinnamon,

Above: lulu’s Café Right: A breakfast item at lulu’s Café called Bravous, a grilled blue corn tortilla with stewed black beans, chile sauce, roasted red peppers, eggs, feta cheese and tomatillo salsa, topped with fried bananas.

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or build your own omelet at breakfast. Come lunchtime, try the grilled salmon burger, the black bean taco salad or a steaming bowl of homemade soup. Dinner options get even more tantalizing, with shrimp summer rolls, fish tacos and thai lettuce wraps rounding out the menu. Sagewood north Café is a popular lunch spot Monday through friday, serving specialty sandwiches, soups made fresh daily and homemade pies, cookies and cheesecakes. try the Dillicado, a sandwich stuffed with smoked turkey, avocado, sprouts, onions, seasoned dill pepper and mayo, or the Jackhammer, made with honey-cured ham, pepperjack cheese, cream cheese and banana peppers.

local flavor

Branding iron caFé and Wagon Box inn
in Dayton, the Branding iron Café is known for its family atmosphere and home cooking. Stop in for prime rib on friday nights or the fabulous Sunday buffet. locals love Branding iron Café for its comfort foods such as meatloaf and fried chicken, not to mention the café’s homemade pies and cinnamon rolls. to get a true feel for the old West, head for Wagon Box inn in Story. the rustic inn has a fullservice restaurant and bar open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner and all day Sunday. the extensive menu features steak, lobster, salmon, burgers, shrimp, homemade cakes and more.

sheridan Bars
ask any beer lover in Sheridan County, and they’ll tell you the best place to enjoy a locally crafted beer is at the Black tooth Brewing Company. located in downtown Sheridan, Black tooth is known for its creative, awardwinning beers with unusual names such as Deer abbey, Wagon Box Wheat, Bomber Mountain amber and indian Paintbrush ale. the Pony Grill and Bar is another favorite bar and dining destination in downtown Sheridan. you’ll find a mix of burgers, sandwiches, appetizers (try the fried pickle spears) and salads on the menu, along with an impressive drink list. – Jessica Mozo

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Real estate

home on the range
SheridAn County homeS rAnge Widely in Style And priCe

heridan County enjoys one of the region’s most desirable real estate markets, thanks to its picture-perfect location along the eastern slope of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. home buyers here get more than a piece of land – they get a piece of the historic old West.

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luxury golf course properties and new-construction homes.

dayton
the small town of Dayton is a bedroom community for many workers who commute to Sheridan. other residents work on local ranches such as Padlock Ranch or eaton’s Ranch, the oldest working dude ranch in the nation. Dayton home buyers mostly find larger land parcels and ranches, although new home construction and existing single-family homes and ranches are available. Dayton’s nearly 800 residents enjoy close proximity to all the recreation opportunities afforded by the Bighorn Mountains and tongue River Canyon.

its economy is primarily fueled by agribusiness. history buffs enjoy visiting the nearby Connor Battlefield. the real estate market includes large tracts of land, ranches and modest homes, including modular and mobile homes.

sheridan
Sheridan is the county seat and is a growing community of more than 17,000 with a historic Main Street and numerous shops. the city of Sheridan was honored with True West Magazine’s Western town of the year award in 2006 and attracts buyers looking to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle with big-city amenities. the vast variety of home styles and prices add to Sheridan’s appeal. you can find single-family homes ranging in price from the low $100s to more than $1 million, as well as older bungalows, ranch-style homes,

story
the resort community of Story, located 20 miles south of Sheridan, is one of the county’s favorite summer retreats, thanks to its abundant wildlife and tranquility. home to about 900 people, Story features a post office, library, several bed-andbreakfasts, restaurants and a fish hatchery. it is a short drive from the historic site fort Phil Kearny. Story has a variety of property types, including existing singlefamily ranch-style homes and new ranch homes with acreage perfect for livestock or horses. expect Story homes to range in price

ranchester
Ranchester is a charming town of slightly more than 800 residents situated along the tongue River. it has gift shops and a café, though

Sheridan County offers quality housing to meet every budget and architectural desire.

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from the low $300s up to $1 million for luxury mountain retreats.

Big horn
located 10 miles south of Sheridan, the tight-knit community of Big horn has about 500 residents and has a downtown mercantile reminiscent of the old West, a restaurant and two museums. Buyers appreciate Big horn for its affordability and room to roam, with a nice selection of luxury homes to modest ranchstyle homes and tracts of land. Prices generally range from the low $250s to more than $1 million.

Home buyers here get more than a piece of land – they get a piece of the historic Old West.

arvada and clearmont
the small rural community of arvada is a census-designated place with about 33 residents. it is served by Sheridan County School District 3, which includes arvada elementary School, arvadaClearmont Junior high School and arvada-Clearmont high School. the tiny town of Clearmont is home to about 140 people and was made famous by the fictional old West radio drama Powder River as the lead character’s ranch. Clearmont attracts art lovers for its ucross foundation art Gallery located in a historic red barn on a 22,000-acre cattle ranch.

sheridan county’s smallest communities
Some of Sheridan County’s smallest communities include Parkman, Banner, leiter, Wolf and Wyarno. they typically offer more affordable real estate than their larger counterparts. Parkman, for example, has a typical home value of $181,777 compared to Sheridan County’s home value of $202,297. – Jessica Mozo
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education

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ou earn extra credit for knowing that Sheridan County’s three public school districts are among the highest achievers in Wyoming. the county is also home to excellent private schools and the wellrespected Sheridan College.

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sheridan county school district 1
the district has more than 900 students and serves the communities of Big horn, Dayton, Parkman and Ranchester. the Wyoming/Montana state line is the district’s northern boundary, and District 1 operates on a fourday-a-week class schedule. its Big horn high School was recognized in September 2011 by the u.S. Secretary of education as one of 300 Blue Ribbon Schools across the nation. BhhS is the first Wyoming school since 1992 to receive this distinction.

sheridan county school district 2
Sheridan County School District 2 has more than 3,100 students enrolled in its nine schools, and serves the communities of Sheridan, Banner, Story, Wolf and Wyarno. Sheridan high School was named one of the nation’s top high schools by Newsweek in 2008, and District 2 is known for its top music programs. Students also score consistently high whenever the statewide PaWS (Proficiency assessments for Wyoming Students) evaluation tests are administered.

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sheridan county school district 3
Based in Clearmont, Sheridan County School District 3 is the second smallest school district in the state, with an enrollment of approximately 100 students. it serves the eastern portion of the county, including the rural communities of arvada, Clearmont and leiter. its schools are arvada elementary, Clearmont elementary and arvada-Clearmont Junior/Senior high. the district is popular with parents for its intimate atmosphere, where staff easily know the names of all students.

sheridan county private schools
holy name Catholic School in Sheridan serves 120 students in grades pre-K through 8, and is known for its strong academic core classes in mathematics, reading and writing. other private schools in Sheridan County include Martin luther Grammar School and normative Services inc. (nSi) academy. nSi offers residential treatment and educational services to Wyoming’s adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems.

sheridan college
Sheridan College offers associate of arts, fine arts, science and applied science degrees, along with certificate programs. the college consists of a main campus in Sheridan that consists of 145 acres and over 20 buildings, a commuter campus in Gillette, and outreach centers in Buffalo, Kaycee and Wright. Since 2003, Sheridan College has provided classes via the internet. Students may also enroll in career training, professional development courses and/or vocational and technical programs. – Jessica Mozo

Sheridan County School District #1
Individual Success Through Education
• Small-school atmosphere with large-school opportunities • Blue Ribbon Schools • Recognized by US News and World Report as “America’s Best High Schools” • Schools consistently achieve above state and national average on the ACT and state assessments • Safe schools for students to attend • Students have an opportunity to earn college credit through Sheridan College while in high school • Award-winning staff • Highest number of Nationally Board Certified Teachers in Wyoming • We put kids first P.O. Box 819 Ranchester, WY 82839 (307) 655-9541 Tel (307) 655-9477 Fax

www.sheridan.k12.wy.us
The State of Wyoming provides Hathaway Merit and Need Scholarships to Wyoming students attending the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges. Every Wyoming student who meets the merit requirements can earn a Hathaway Merit Scholarship. Contact your school counselor for more information.

arts & Culture

an affinity for the arts
SheridAn County overfloWS With Art And hiStory
heridan County’s appreciation for great art is evident even to newcomers. a simple stroll through downtown Sheridan is a treat for art lovers, thanks to the many sculptures, murals and paintings that dot the downtown district. the city is so committed to public art, local leaders formed the Sheridan Public art Committee. the committee published a guide

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to nearly 60 area sites where visitors can see sculptures, paintings and stained-glass windows. among the works of art listed in the brochure are the Bozeman trail Scout at the corner of Main Street and Grinnell Plaza, a rhino a few blocks away and a pair of cast-iron Civil War Cannons in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. the brochure is available at the Sheridan County Chamber of

Commerce office and in downtown businesses.

sheridan county museum
Sheridan County citizens are also committed to keeping local history alive. in 2005, the community raised more than $1.5 million to create a new Sheridan County Museum inside a former restaurant. the museum opened in 2006 and depicts the heritage of the county and its people through exhibits and artifacts. visitors can learn how the West was won one small town at a time through exhibits on ranching, the railroad, mining and commerce.

sheridan artists’ guild
More than 150 Sheridan area artists are members of the Sheridan artists’ Guild, et al. (SaGe), which promotes the visual arts through summer art programs, a holiday art show, artist workshops and exhibits at the guild’s Sheridan College Main Street Gallery. SaGe also oversees the Sagebrush Community art Center in the historic train depot on fifth Street, which houses a gallery with changing exhibits and artist receptions. Membership in SaGe is open to anyone of high school age or older who is interested in the visual arts.
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Left: Bozeman Scout by Barry eisenach in downtown Sheridan Top right: Sheridan County museum and one of its many exhibits.

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hans KleiBer studio museum
in Dayton, visitors can explore the historic log cabin studio of world-famous German artist hans Kleiber. the hans Kleiber Studio Museum is located less than 1 mile from its original location behind Kleiber’s home, and looks much like it did when he used it, with his furniture, art supplies and printing press on display.

Born in 1887, Kleiber was a u.S. forest Ranger who was inspired to create art by the majestic Bighorn Mountains. he taught himself the etching and printing process and began pursuing art full time in 1923. Kleiber’s etchings depict life in Dayton in the early 1900s, including a church that is still in use, a blacksmith shop, pool hall and cows wandering the streets. the museum is free and open to the public during the summer months.

BradFord Brinton art gallery
in Big horn, you can experience the lifestyle of an affluent 1920s working ranch at the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum. the complex features the Western and american indian art collections that once belonged to the prosperous Brinton family as well as a wellstocked gift shop. the museum is open Memorial Day to labor Day. – Jessica Mozo

health & Wellness

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heridan County residents don’t have to travel far from home to access excellent medical care.

Welch cancer center
Welch Cancer Center is part of Sheridan Memorial and allows patients to receive medical and radiation oncology at one location. Cancer patients can also receive chemotherapy treatments and access the most technologically advanced method of external beam radiation therapy available. expansion of the facility is currently occurring and is scheduled for completion in September 2012, but the center continues to operate during the construction.

sheridan memorial hospital
the hospital has been serving the community for more than a century, and its services are diverse and sophisticated. the 88-bed Sheridan Memorial uses the latest technology in a modern facility and has a staff of more than 400 employees, including 45 physicians who provide medical and specialty care in more than 15 areas.

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Urgent Care Clinic of Sheridan
South Sheridan Medical Center 1842 Sugarland Dr., Suite 103 Sheridan, WY 82801

cardiopulmonary rehaB & respiratory care
this department at Sheridan Memorial hospital is the only one of its kind to be certified in the state of Wyoming by the american association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. the rehab and care department helps improve the quality of life for patients with chronic lung disease through education and exercise.

(307) 673-4960
OPEN Seven Days A Week, Including Holidays

sheridan memorial surgical suites
With very few exceptions, all types of surgery can be performed at Sheridan Memorial hospital. that includes general inpatient and outpatient surgeries such as vascular, urology, obstetrics, gynecology and total joint replacements.

In-House X-Ray and Lab

“Sometimes you just can’t wait for an appointment.”

telemedicine
Sheridan Memorial hospital is now utilizing telemedicine – the use of information technology such as Web, tv and videoconferencing – to enhance health-care services for people at distant sites. telemedicine allows doctors at Sheridan Memorial to instantly provide vital medical information to doctors who are helping patients in rural areas of Wyoming. Dr. tom Richards at Sheridan Memorial is a key backer of the telemedicine initiative.

sheridan va medical center
another major health-care provider in Sheridan County is the Sheridan va Medical Center, which serves veterans across Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region. located just off interstate 90, the Sheridan vaMC has 208 beds and serves nearly 12,500 veterans each year.

sheridan surgical center
this outpatient facility opened in 2010, and almost any surgical procedure not requiring an overnight stay can be performed at Sheridan Surgical Center. Patients are discharged the same day and recuperate in the comfort of their own home, providing a more convenient atmosphere and less expense to everyone involved. – Jessica Mozo
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he Bighorn Mountains and the Bighorn national forest provide a pristine playground to the residents of Sheridan County, while recreational facilities present even more options to get people moving. the community is located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, in the Bighorn national forest, where snowmobiling is a real draw in the winter, and rock climbing, hiking and fishing are favorite summer pastimes. the Bighorn national forest itself spans 1 million acres and offers 30 campgrounds, ski areas, lodges, lakes and 1,500 miles of trails. Meanwhile, fishing enthusiasts in Sheridan County can enjoy hundreds of streams and lakes full of rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout, as well as dozens of other fish species. Popular water bodies for fishing in the Sheridan region include lake DeSmet, Sibley lake, tongue River Reservoir, tongue River and many mountain streams. as for hunters, they can find an abundance of mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, moose, mountain lion, coyote, black bear, wild turkey and small game animals.

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Powder horn Golf Course that incorporates both meadow and creek-side terrain. other options include Sheridan Country Club with its 18-hole parkland-style layout, and Kendrick Golf Course that has been rated one of the top five courses in Wyoming by Golf Digest magazine. horse fans can gather at the 60-acre Big horn equestrian Center for horse-related activities throughout the year. the BheC has a historic clubhouse that is often used for private parties, weddings, reunions and corporate events, and the center is also home to the Big horn Polo Club. and for family outdoor fun, Kendrick Park has picnic areas, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a large children’s playground. Don’t miss the wildlife viewing area – home to buffalo and elk – that is adjacent to the park.

2,500-3,500 people
as for indoor facilities, the tongue River valley Community Center, located in both Dayton and Ranchester, offers educational, recreational, cultural and social opportunities for the citizens of the tongue River valley, which includes the communities of Dayton, Ranchester, Parkman and Wolf. “our main focus is to keep youth busy but we also

golF and horses
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Sports & Recreation

offer many programs for adults and senior citizens,” says erin Kilbride, executive director of the two centers. “there are membership fees and we partner with the Sheridan County yMCa so that members can use all three facilities. on a monthly basis, the community centers welcome 2,500-3,500 people in the busy winter months, offering everything from volleyball leagues to piano lessons, to senior lunches, to pre-school gymnastics.” another local gem within the county is the Sheridan Recreation District, offering organized youth sports such as baseball, softball, swim lessons, football, basketball and cheerleading. the district also sponsors kayak trips, winter ski trips, mountain bike rides and sledding outings in the Bighorns. – Kevin Litwin
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Left: Bighorn national forest in Sheridan County Right: Kids play a game of foosball at the tongue river valley Community Center.

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Sheridan County Public Library System
Dynamic Gateways for Lifelong Learning www.sheridanwyolibrary.org Serving Sheridan County Residents and Visitors
Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library (307) 674-8585 Clearmont Branch Library (307) 758-4331 Tongue River Branch Library at Ranchester (307) 655-9726 Story Branch Library (307) 683-2922
Local History, Genealogy, Book Discussions, Story Times, Programs, Exhibits, Public Internet Access, Public Wi-Fi

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COMMuNITy pROFILE
COMMuNITy OvERvIEW
Sheridan provides history with a view, from its authentic Main Street lined with historic buildings to the magnificent backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains.

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RESOuRCES
Sheridan County Clerk (307) 674-2500 www.sheridancounty.com City Clerk (307) 674-6483 www.city-sheridan-wy.com Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce (307) 672-2485 www.sheridan wyomingchamber.org Sheridan travel & tourism (307) 673-7120 www.sheridanwyoming.org

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Age 20-54

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From our photo Blog: sheridan county
located on Main Street in downtown Sheridan, is the Don King Museum and King’s Saddlery. the Saddlery is a true Western tack store with thousands of ropes on-hand, as well as a huge inventory of saddles, bits, bridles and more. the Don King Museum has to be one of the most interesting places i’ve ever visited. hundreds of hand-carved saddles surround an amazing collection of Western and cowboy memorabilia that has been in the family for more than three decades. James Jackson works inside the museum carving designs into leather to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

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