It has achieved some sort of “rockstar” status, with a century of history and a single-moniker nickname. “The Higgins”, is what many know today as the Higgins Hotel, and was born Hotel Higgins. This magnificent man-made Wonder was built when Wyoming was just 26 years into Statehood, in 1916, by local businessman John E. Higgins, in Glenrock, Wyoming. The town had served as a popular resting-spot along the Oregon Trail, where Deer Creek meets the North Platte River, during the Great Migration of the mid-1800’s. Now, Glenrock had a hotel, Hotel Higgins, that would become known far and wide as “the best hotel north of Denver”.
Hotel Higgins would attract such luminaries as William Jennings Bryan, honored at the Governor’s Ball in 1919. The Higgins hosted that event and would become a destination point for many years to come. The original terrazzo tile remains throughout, each room is furnished with antique brass, iron, or carved-wood beds. Authentic period wardrobes and lamps, and ticking grandfather clocks have been delightful amenities. Today’s Higgins Hotel features the impressive Antelope Bar and the Prairie Kitchen.
“The Higgins”, “Higgins Hotel”, “Hotel Higgins”, one single Wonder, is a fascinating place, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.