Area residents will be welcomed back, formally, to the Sheridan Inn this weekend during an open house hosted by the historic hotel's new owners.
Bob and Dana Townsend will be signing the final closing documents for the sale of the historic hotel in Sheridan on Friday.
In celebration, they said they're personally inviting the entire community for a meet and greet at the inn, from 6-8 Saturday night. During the event, they'll be sharing their story of how their passion for the West and family drew them back to their roots in Wyoming which sparked their interest in the inn. Here's a preview of that story from Bob Townsend.
He said they felt drawn to help preserve the place as a piece of national heritage when they heard the inn was in foreclosure. Though as business owners, he said, they understand it takes more than an emotional investment to build a successful company.
The couple founded Custom Services, Inc. in 1980, which is Oklahoma's only employee-owned heating, air conditioning and plumbing company. The couple now splits their time between their home in Tulsa and their cabin southwest of Sheridan.
They first toured the inn as potential buyers in July and fell in love, they said, when they walked through the front door. They plan to finish restoration work that had already begun and re-open for business as soon as possible.