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About This Site

Sheridan Elks Lodge No. 520., 45 W. Brundage, approx. 1915.

The Lodge is the oldest Elks lodge in the state. The building was constructed at a cost of $65,000. For views of other historic Elks lodges see Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Laramie, Lusk, Rawlins, and Rock Springs pages.

Sheridan, parade, 1918.

The three-story building seen over the roof of the Western Union office is the City Hall on Grinnell Ave.

Sheridan, 1941, photo by Marion Post Wolcott.

Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) was a compatriot of Arthur Rothstein, discussed on the Medicine Bow page, and of Russell Lee, discussed with regard to Cambria, in the Farm Security Administration. During the mid-1930's, she worked in Germany and Austria and, as a result of her exposure to the Nazi movement, became an ardent activist in leftist causes. Following, the return of Paul Strand from the Soviet Union, Wolcott worked with him on his film of union organization in the South, People of the Cumberlands. She later worked for several magazines including Vogue before joining in the Farm Security Adminstration upon the recommendation of Strand. Following her marriage in 1942 she discontinued professional photography until the 1970's when she documented, among other things, the counter-culture in San Francisco.

Interior, the Mint Bar, undated

Note, next to the gentleman in the black hat and shirt, and next to the young lady with the bucket, is a horse.

Left, The Mint, August 1941, photo by Marion Post Wolcott.

The Mint Bar, still in business at 151 N. Main St., was established in 1907. The practice of riding horses into saloons was noted, with perhaps some sense of disapprobation, by Theodore Roosevelt in his book Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail. Roosevelt observed that cowboys "when drunk on the villainous whiskey" would "cut mad antics" such as riding their horses into the saloons. Indeed, the custom continues. A website devoted to the Town of Ten Sleep notes, with apparent pride, that photographs have been taken of cowboys and their horses in the town's two saloons. One of Webmaster's son's fraternity brothers allegedly modernized the practice by driving his pickup truck into a saloon

During prohibition the Mint Bar continued to operate, although quietly. Upon the repeal of prohibition it officially reopened and operated slot machines, roulette and gaming tables in the back. In the late 1940's it was remodeled to the style seen below. The bar's interior decorations include an 8 ft. 4 inch long rattlesnake hide having 37 buttons on its tail, a copy of Russell White Bear's map of the Custer Battle and photos by Charles J. Belden. Its interior has also been featured in a French television commercial.

"Grain Belt" Beer, featured on the sign, has no particular relationship to Sheridan or Wyoming. It was brewed in Minneapolis and later in Omaha. Its history dates back to 1850, when John Orth, a German immigrant commenced brewing in Minneapolis. In 1893, the brand name was adopted. The original brewery closed in 1976. The brand name still continues. Sheridan did, however, have its own brewery, the Sheridan Brewery, maker of "Sheridan Export" and "Sheridan Pale" remained in business from 1885 to 1954.

Mint Bar, 2005. Photo by Geoff Dobson

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