Smoke was billowing from the chimney of the Sheridan Inn, once again, Saturday night, as the new owners opened its doors.
Through the front lobby, about 200 people filed in to meet the owners, Bob and Dana Townsend, and their partners, who are the employees of their heating and cooling company based in Tulsa, Okla. After signing the guest book and grabbing a cookie, visitors strolled into the main ballroom for a formal greeting.
Surrounded by their family and partners, the Townsends assured the group they consider themselves caretakers and preservationist of the historic inn that dates back to 1892 and was once owned by the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody.
Bob Townsend said his mom used to work there and he remembers playing on the front porch as a child. He and his wife became interested in buying the place, he said, on one of their trips to their cabin in the Big Horns. Seeing the hotel was for sale, and not wanting the historic building to fall into the hands of foreign investors, they took the plunge.
The reopening means a lot to so many, like Peggy Greenough who called the re-opening exiting.
and Wanda Zweigle who remembers the place fondly.
Then there was Dean Joslyn who just couldn't wait to shake a leg, like in the old
Stay tuned to sheridanmedia.com for our series on the inn that will run all week long. And make sure to check out our website for pictures and extended versions of the stories.