He paints a wild scene at the Sheridan Inn in the late 19th century. Galloping horses, a cowboy with a twirling lasso, Indians whispering on the sidelines and a woman in sidesaddle ready to fall. Meanwhile, soldiers, fashionistas and an old grandfather with a child on his lap look confused.
The scene is captured in a painting that hangs on the first floor of the stairs that lead to the 22 restored rooms of the historic Sheridan Inn. It is one of the first things guests see when they climb the stairs to their room, and it catches the eye every time someone walks by.
Look at the photo long enough and you'll find a cool and still spot right in the center.
He is a tall man, leaning casually against a post on the porch of the Sheridan Inn, hat in one hand and a drink that is clearly whiskey in the other.
It's Buffalo Bill Cody himself, ready to come down the stairs to the cowboys and Indians in question.
A half-smile plays on his lips. When the whole world's a stage and the people just players, Buffalo Bill Cody seems to know best.
The picture shows a famous scene in Sheridan when the hotel opened in 1893.
While Buffalo Bill Cody ran the inn, he often held auditions for his "Wild West" play - which at its peak had 500 performers - at the Sheridan Inn. He would sit on the porch and watch the action unfold in the yard - or, judging by the picture, in the mud in front of the house where there was no green grass to be seen.
"When he (Buffalo Bill) found someone he liked in the Wild West, he'd get on his horse and walk out the front door, straight to the bar and buy a round of drinks," Michael Dykhorst told Cowboy State Daily during an informal tour of the inn. and numerous historical artifacts.
Dykhorst loves the history of the Sheridan Inn, which is why he works there.
- I don't know, he just calls me to work here - he said.
Restoration is underway, but the story remains
The desk at which Dykhorst works is still original to the inn, as are the beamed ceilings, stone fireplace and mailbox.
In the adjacent restaurant, which is still closed, the original bar gifted by Queen Victoria herself still stands, waiting for visitors and the spirits of the West to toast history once more. The lounge, which houses the bar, remains closed, but hotel staff have told guests staying at the inn that the restaurant is "coming soon".
The hotel is already undergoing a nice renovation by the new owners. A new carpet was installed and the walls were painted. The dance floor has also been renovated and there is a new sound system.
However, everything historical is carefully preserved.
This also applies to vintage windows that still operate on the original and rather old pulley system. Guests were told not to open those windows or they would break. Parts are no longer made for them, making them difficult and expensive to repair.
In the old ballroom, which now has tables and chairs instead of dancers, old wooden ribs and "torques" — metal pieces that look like giant rivets — are attached every few feet along the walls and ceiling, just like the ribs of a ship.
This design makes the space pretty tight, one hotel employee told Cowboy State Daily. If the building ever rolls away, this structure will keep everything intact.
Modeled after a Scottish inn that architect Thomas Kimball was particularly fond of, the entire inn looks almost identical to how it did when it was built.
The Sheridan Inn has big plans, the innkeepers have said more than once. But the owners weren't ready to go public when contacted by Cowboy State Daily.
A grand opening is scheduled for a date yet to be determined, and more plans could be revealed by then.
History in every room
Buffalo Bill Cody used some of the legendary leading men of the West for his popular show. They ranged from Geronimo and Sitting Bull - the latter for just one season - to Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, Montana Franco, the Esquival brothers and others.
Each of the renovated Sheridan Inn rooms is a window into that story, dedicated to the celebrity associated with Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West" series. Great care has been taken to depict the history of each room by name, from furniture to art and artifacts.
All of this creates an experience where the discerning visitor can be surrounded by the legendary history of Wyoming, which is also the iconic history of the American West.
The roll-top bath and elegant porcelain sink in the bathroom only add to the impression of stepping back in time - although both offer all the modern conveniences today's guest expects.
Choices for your window into the story range from commercial novelist Ned Buntline, who helped create the legend of Buffalo Bill Cody, to confident Annie Oakley, a two-handed cowgirl who could hit targets behind her with ease.
There is also a room dedicated to Black Elk, a Lakota shaman who may not have been as famous in his day as he is today. The interests of Black Elk were not the interests of many artists. He was not interested in fame or fortune. He wanted to know more about the white man. And he wanted to find a way to help his people.
There are also rooms dedicated to Queen Victoria, Teddy Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill.
There are no bad choices here.
Whichever room guests choose, they will sleep with the legend surrounding them and can't stop thinking about how America was shaped during their stay in these rooms that offer a glimpse into life and the past.
Chow Time then and now
All of Buffalo Bill Cody's many performers and their relatives were served hot meals from the 20-foot stove three times a day during the Wild West shows.
The 500 performers traveled an incredible 11,000 miles in 200 days and performed 341 concerts in more than 130 cities - a logistical feat that amazed even the military of the time. The show provided its electricity and its fire-fighting power, as well as draft horses and bison and many other animals.
Today, however, guests of the inn are served more modern continental dishes, from homemade frittatas with cheese to yogurt or milk and cereals. There is plenty of coffee - as is the sun streaming through the verandah windows - and the breakfast room is as cheerful as Miss Kate, the inn's landlady and hostess for sixty years.
Speaking of Miss Kate, there are those who claim her spirit still lives in the Sheridan Inn, including Dkyhorst.
He has a story to tell about his personal encounter with the ghostly innkeeper.
So I was watching a couple one night, Cowboy told State Daily. And right after that I was doing something else and I heard them going up the stairs which are very creaky. And then (after they left) I heard a woman's voice outside the reception.
"Just two?" Dykhorst heard a woman's voice, sharp and clear as a clock.
"And then I heard the jingle of keys," he said. "But there were no keys or anything behind the desk."
There was no one in front or behind the table. Dykhorst was the only one present.
He admits that Dkyhorst was a little scared at first. But then he thought of Miss Kate.
She always protected the inn, he said. "It was often on the floor, like mending carpets, bedding, linens and things like that."
Miss Kate also made most of the bedding and pillowcases with her own hands, as well as growing fresh flowers for all the dining room tables.
After her death, Miss Kate's ashes were interred at her request in the third-floor room where she had stayed as an innkeeper by day and keeper by night.
Some who stayed on the third floor say they can still hear the whistle that once advised guests to blow out the candles and go to sleep. It is known that every night before going to bed, Miss Kate personally checked that all the candles were properly extinguished.
"When I think of Miss Kate like that, I know she's protecting the inn and she's the overseer," Dykhorst said. "She wants it to work."
if you go
Sheridan Inn, 856 Broadway St. in Sheridan, Wyoming, offers 22 rooms, each steeped in the history of the iconic Wild West. There are no after-hours snacks or drinks available at the inn at this time, so it's a good idea to bring your own. Arrival of guests after 22:00. they get their keys at the nearby Best Western Hotel, which also serves as an overnight emergency contact. The inn is the perfect home base for Sheridan's company as it is centrally located to many adventures - breweries, restaurants, western food shops and the intriguing Landon's Greenhouse Farmers Market. The Brinton Museum is not far away and offers its own wide window looking into our legendary past.
Contact Renée Jean at Renee@CowboyStateDaily.com
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