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The Trail End State Historic Site

The Trail End State Historic Site in Sheridan. (IreneWyo/Wikipedia)

It celebrates its own Centennial of sorts this year. This magnificent structure was truly an end-of-the-trail mansion, completed in 1913. It took 5 years to build, at an astronomical $165,000, and a state historic site was born. The Trail End State Historic Site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

It was a wealthy cattle baron and landowner who built the mansion. This man of means would enter politics and become a U.S. Senator, affectionately known as the “Sagebrush Senator”, and eventually Governor of the Great State of Wyoming. John B. Kendrick wanted a summer home, and he decided that this spot, on spacious and spectacular grounds overlooking beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming, was the place to build it.

The Trail End State Historic Site, the mansion itself, was built in the elegant Flemish Revival style. It is 14,000 square feet, there are 18 rooms, including a 3rd-floor ballroom wtih a loft for the musicians. There are stained-glass windows, a white Italian marble fireplace, French silk wallcoverings, and exotic Oriental rugs. The mansion has an innovative intercom system, a dumbwaiter that moves between floors, and a stationary vacuum system.

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