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Sheridan, Wyoming

Sheridan, Wyoming Location of Sheridan, Wyoming Coordinates: 44°47′48″N 106°57′32″W / 44.79667, -106.95889CountryUnited StatesStateWyomingCountySheridanArea - Total 8.5 sq mi (22.0 km²)  - Land 8.5 sq mi (22.0 km²)  - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km²) Elevation3,743 ft(1,141 m) Population (2000)  - Total 15,804  - Density1,862.4/sq mi (719.1/km²) Time zoneMountain (MST)(UTC-7)  - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6) ZIP code82801 Area code(s)307FIPS code56-69845[1]GNISfeature ID 1594251[2]

Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 15,804 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Sheridan County[3].


Geography and climate

Sheridan is located at 44°47′48″N, 106°57′32″W (44.796720, -106.958970)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²), of which, 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Rec High °F 70 76 80 87 95 105 107 106 103 92 81 72 Norm High °F 33 39 48.2 57.5 66.4 76.4 85.2 84.9 73.1 59.8 43.4 34.4 Norm Low °F 9.7 14.9 22.5 30.4 38.6 46.8 52.4 51.5 41 30.3 18.5 10.4 Rec Low °F -35 -32 -23 -2 13 27 35 32 6 -9 -25 -37 Precip (in) 0.77 0.57 1 1.77 2.41 2.02 1.11 0.8 1.38 1.41 0.8 0.68 Source: [1]


Like most towns in the western United States, Sheridan's early industries included cattle ranching, logging, coal mining, railroading, agriculture, and small factories including a flour mill, brewery, and sugarbeet refinery. Residents today find employment in many fields including nearby coal mines, education, coal bed methane extraction, health care, retailing, banking, law firms; city, county, and state government; real estate sales, hospitality, lumber, railroad, dude ranching, National Forest, home construction, and a large number of small businesses, farming, and ranching.


Sheridan is served by Sheridan County Airport.


Sheridan is served by Sheridan County School District #2. There are six elementary, two junior (or middle) schools-Sheridan Junior High and The Wright Place, and two high schools-Sheridan High School and Ft. Mackenzie High Schools. The Wright Place and Ft. Mackenzie High School are considered alternative education programs[5]. In addition the district supports home schooling. Private and parochial schools are operated by Normative Services, Holy Name Parish (Holy Name School), and several religion-based organizations. The Northern Wyoming Community College District offers post-secondary education with Sheridan College.[citation needed]

In 2008, Sheridan High School was named one of the 1,355 best public high schools by Newsweek magazine.[citation needed]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,804 people, 7,005 households, and 4,062 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,862.4 people per square mile (718.7/km²). There were 7,413 housing units at an average density of 873.6/sq mi (337.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 0.22% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population. 24.0% were of German, 12.5% English, 10.3% Irish, 7.6% United States or American, 5.9% Norwegian and 5.3% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,005 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,420, and the median income for a family was $40,106. Males had a median income of $30,829 versus $19,783 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,500. About 8.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Sheridan Press is the local newspaper. Regionally, there are The Billings Gazette and The Casper Star Tribune. For broadcast radio there are five stations (KROE 930 AM, KWYO 1410 AM, KYTI 93.7 FM, KZWY 94.9 FM, and KLQQ 104.9 FM) of Sheridan Media and two public radio stations: KSUW a Wyoming Public Radio station and KEMC, via translator from Montana State University - Billings in Billings, Montana. Telecommunications companies include Qwest, the ILEC, based in Denver, Colorado, Advanced Communications Technology, the CLEC based in Sheridan, and Bresnan Communications, of Purchase, New York.

Sheridan in Fiction

Sheridan is mentioned (rather briefly) in Douglas Adams' final work, The Salmon of Doubt. It is, in the book, a place where scientists think an asteroid will strike. Whether or not the asteroid actually does will never be known; Adams died before he finished the book.

Several scenes of the 2006 film Flicka were filmed on location in Sheridan and in the film K-PAX, Sheridan is the first stickpin location on a map of cattle slaughter companies. Many movies have been filmed in the area including Wild Horses and Endangered Species.


As Sheridan was ranked number one by the True West Magazine in 2006 for the top western towns and then ranked sixth in the January/February 2007 issue,[6] it is a vacation destination as well as a travel stop due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 14.

There are ten places in and near to Sheridan that are on the National Register of Historic Places including:

  • Trail End State Historic Site - 400 Clarendon Avenue - A mansion finished in 1913 that was the home of John Benjamin Kendrick (1857-1933). Kendrick was a rancher who served as governor of Wyoming before being elected to three terms as a United States senator. Trail End is now a state-operated museum and is known locally as the Kendrick Mansion. Most of the contents of the museum are original to the Kendrick family.
  • Sheridan County Court House - corner of South Main and Burkett Streets.
  • Fort Mackenzie - 1898 Fort Road - Currently a hospital administered by the Veterans Administration.
  • The historic Sheridan Inn - 856 Broadway Street - An inn opened in 1893 with a rich history of notable guests.
  • Sheridan Main Street Historic District-Main St. from Burkitt to Mandel Sts.
  • Sheridan Railroad Historic District-201-841 Broadway, 508-955 N. Gould
  • Sheridan Flouring Mills, Inc.-2161 Coffeen Ave.. The prominent smokestack is a United States Geological Survey map reference station.

There are several museums in Sheridan including The Sheridan county Museum and King's Saddlery Museum whose exhibits cover Western leather work (especially saddles) and Western history.[7]

The City of Sheridan maintains nine parks including Kendrick Park at corner of Badger and Beaver Streets which includes children's play area, an ice cream shop, a swimming pool, an elk and buffalo conservatory.

Every summer in the second week of July, Sheridan hosts the Sheridan, Wyoming Rodeo. During Rodeo Week, events include a parade, the "Sneakers and Spurs" run, a rubber duck race on Big Goose creek in Kendrick Park, a carnival at the fairgrounds, and a golf tournament at the country club. A polo game is held on the last day of Rodeo Week.

Notable current and former residents

Notable visitors

Local history

Main Street c. 1912.
  • Georgen, Cynde A. One cowboy's dream: John B. Kendrick, his family, home, and ranching empire. 2nd edition, revised. Virginia Beach, Virginia: The Donning Company Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-57864-239-6
  • Sheridan, Wyoming, and area historical sites : easy reading c2004 by Charles W. Popovich
  • Our Wyoming heritage : as seen through the eyes of the young c1990 by the Sagebrush scholars of Sagebrush Elementary School, Sheridan, Wyoming. (ISBN 0932707203)

External links


  1. ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Fort Mackenzie High School Student Handbook, Sheridan County School District #2,
  6. ^ True West Magazine, January/February 2007 issue, p-28
  7. ^ Wyoming State Historical Society

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