Buffalo Named To Top Ten List

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 Memorial statue in historic downtown Buffalo to commemorate the Johnson County War. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Memorial statue in historic downtown Buffalo to commemorate the Johnson County War. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
The Occidental Saloon in downtown Buffalo. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
The Occidental Saloon in downtown Buffalo. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff

Buffalo Wyoming has recently been named No. 4 on a list for the the Top Ten True Western Towns of 2014 in True West Magazine.

The list recognizes towns that have kept their historic “Old West” heritage alive through historic preservation. Last year, Kaycee made No. 9 on the list.
Buffalo was founded in 1879, and has since been home to many historically significant events like the Johnson County War of 1892, that pitted cattle barons against cowboys.

Many of the town's historic structures are still in tact especially its downtown, which is home to more than a dozen historic structures like the Occidental Hotel and Saloon.

Calamity Jane, "Wild Bill" Hickok, “Buffalo” Bill Cody and even former President Teddy Roosevelt have all passed through the town of Buffalo and stayed and drank at the Occidental located on Main Street.

According to the article,author Owen Wister may have based many of the characters in 1902's “The Virginian” on some of the people he had observed while staying at the Occidental Hotel.
The magazine also applauded the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, which originated in a pharmacy that Gatchell opened in 1900. He would collect mementos from residents and local American Indian tribes and display them at the shop.

After his death in 1954, his family donated his collection to the county and all of his gifts now sit in the museum, located at the corner of Main and Fort streets.

Here is a link to the full article on True West's website: http://www.truewestmagazine.com/...

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