In the Shadow of the Bighorns
Ideally situated in a green valley at the confluence of the Big and Little Goose Creeks and in the shadow of the Bighorns which sweep from southeast to northwest in a majestic mountain arc, Sheridan is dominated by the spirit which bids everybody, everywhere, a cordial western welcome. Dude Ranches of the Big Horn Mountains, 1931
With these words, the reader is introduced to Sheridan and the Goose Creek Valley. Not a comprehensive history of the town or county, In the Shadow of the Bighorns explores a number of factors that made Sheridan more than just a cowtown or a whistle stop on the railroad. In it, the reader will discovery how the area blossomed and grew into the commercial and cultural hub of northern Wyoming.
From the famous (Plenty Coups and Buffalo Bill) to the infamous (Frank James and Calamity Jane), the Goose Creek Valley and its environs have been home to thousands of travelers and traders, settlers and salesmen, boosters and bootleggers. These are their stories.