The Ten Oldest Saloons In Wyoming
Old West history is even better with a cold beer in your hand. Join us for a bar crawl as we pay a virtual visit to the ten longest running saloons in the Cowboy State.
Miners and Stockmen’s in Hartville - 32 miles east of Wheatland, near the Guernsey Reservoir on State Highway 26 lies Wyoming's first incorporated town, Hartville. Its days as a mining boomtown are long gone but there is still one local business that’s thriving. Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits was established in 1862 and proudly holds the title of Wyoming’s oldest bar.
The Occidental Hotel in Buffalo – Set at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains near the old Bozeman Trail, this historic landmark has been serving thirsty travelers since 1880. Over the years, the rustic saloon has hosted many celebrities, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Tom Horn, author Ernest Hemingway, and former United States Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.
The Bozeman Trail Inn in Big Horn – Ten miles south of Sheridan lies the small, unincorporated town of Big Horn which was founded in1881. One year later, in 1882, The Bozeman Trail Inn officially opened for business and is still going strong. The tavern underwent a half million dollar renovation in 2006, preserving its history for generations to come.
The Cowboy Bar and Outlaw Cafe in Meeteetse - This watering hole has hosted thirsty gunslingers, bandits, gamblers, and vagabonds since 1893. It was also home to Robert Leroy Parker, who once lived in a room upstairs before changing his name to Butch Cassidy. According to local legend, at one time, there were 56 bullet holes in the walls and ceiling.
The Buckhorn Bar in Laramie - Dating back to 1900, this venerable institution is Laramie’s longest running bar. Built 14 years after the University of Wyoming was established, the old Buckhorn is still a popular hangout for students and is a vital part of the historic Ivinson Street district downtown.
The College Inn Bar in Douglas - Founded in 1906 on the former site of another historic saloon “Lee’s Pringle’s”, which dates all the way back to 1887. Following the construction of the College Inn, a new version of Pringle’s opened two blocks away and is still operating.
The Mint Bar in Sheridan - Built in 1907, it is regionally renowned for its iconic neon sign and the infamous back room, which served as a speakeasy during prohibition.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson - Originally constructed in the late 1890s, this site was the town’s first bank before it became Ruby’s Cafe and Beer Garden in the early 1900s. In 1937, it was renamed the Cowboy Bar and was granted Wyoming’s first official liquor license following the repeal of prohibition. Renamed the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in the 1940s, it remains one of Jackson’s most popular tourist destinations.
The Historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne - Opened in 1911, the bar at the Plains is the longest running watering hole in the Capital City.
Unfortunately, Casper's oldest saloon recently went out of business. Originally known as the Mint Bar, it was renamed Wonder Bar in 1934 and became the cornerstone of Saloon Row on South Center Street. The "World Famous" Wonder Bar was best known for their tradition of allowing horses in the bar, which began in the ’40s.
Another historic saloon claims the title of Wyoming's most haunted bar. In the 1940s, a candy salesman stopped in for a drink at the Shoshone Bar in Lovell. He hasn't been seen since, but he has been heard. According to legend, if you leave cash on the bar, the "Candy Man" might take it.