Main Street Wyoming

There’s a lot of history in Wyoming, and much of it centres around the cowboy.

There was a time when Wyoming really was the wild west; it was right off the beaten track, and it was a place where ranchers lived solitary lives, and the cowboys who worked for them knew all about hard labour and an unforgiving climate.

Back when Wyoming was in its infancy, many small towns sprouted up, and their one common attribute was a main street which dominated town activities.
These days Wyoming is preserving these streets through the State’s Main Street Programme.

Wyoming Main Street strives to make a difference in the lives of Wyoming residents by providing communities the opportunity to revitalize their commercial business districts through economic development and historic preservation.

Main Street merchants, building owners, and local government officials have to opportunity to learn how to promote their downtown business districts, make their buildings look attractive and functional, how to market their wares, how to attract new customers and better serve the ones they have.

There are many main streets in Wyoming, but some of the best preserved are:

The south eastern town of Rawlings which was originally established as a 19th century train stop. Brick buildings line the main street, and the town’s attractions include the Train Depot, where you can see local artists at the Rawlins Main Street Gallery and shop for gifts at boutiques. Make sure you stroll though downtown to view the 12 murals that tell the colourful history of Carbon County.

Sheridan is in the north east, and it is framed by a stunning mountain backdrop. The renowned Mint Bar is a must-see with its bucking cowboy in neon lights above the door and Western atmosphere inside. For only $1. One of the best ways to see the town is aboard the restored trolley car. Sheridan is so archetypal western that is has been named as the best western town in the U.S.A.

Laramie has a great old west spirit from the time it was one of America’s most famous western towns. Learn the stories of its lawless beginnings by picking up a walking tour brochure at Main Street or Chamber of Commerce offices. Make sure you partake of a refreshment at the infamous Buckhorn Bar on Ivinson Street, which has been serving customers since the 1930s.

Dubois is an authentic Western town in the northwest that is known as a gateway to Yellowstone. Take a stroll down the dusty boardwalks of the main drag while you browse local shops for cowboy wear and handmade treats. Find gifts at Welty’s General Store, which has been in business since 1889, local lore says that outlaw Butch Cassidy frequented the shop. See the weekly rodeo, museums and art galleries on your trip through town. 

The Wyoming Main Street programme has rejuvenated many towns and introduced new businesses into commercial centres that were in decline. If you want to get some experience of what life must have been like in the old wild west, visit a Wyoming main street to get a full understanding of each town’s rich history.

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