Trail End overlooking Sheridan, circa 1912 (Gwinn Collection, SCHS)
A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site
March 2014 - December 2015
John B. Kendrick to H. A. Loucks, 1919
John B. Kendrick (AHC Kendrick Collection, TESHS)
State Historic Site
WHEN HE DECIDED to move from his Montana ranch and build a house in town, it was natural that the town chosen by John B. Kendrick would be Sheridan. From its founding in 1882, Sheridan dedicated itself to commerce and enterprise – two things in which Kendrick was deeply interested. But Sheridan was more than just a center of trade; it was a collection of people interested in living as a community. When asked in 1926 why she lived in Sheridan, Mrs. D. W. Gwinn noted:
It is not because more money can be made here, for Sheridan is not a purely commercial city; it is not because of its wildness, or because it is a theatrical city or a manufacturing city, but because it offers in its location and environs the greatest satisfaction. … That we do love “our Sheridan” is such a foregone conclusion that we do not need to prove it!
The people who lived and loved in Sheridan came from all walks of life: teachers and clergymen, farmers and ranchers, bankers and lawyers, maids and waiters, tradesfolk and artisans, soldiers and physicians. Most relied on social, economic and educational interaction with their neighbors – the ties that bind a community together – to make their lives more complete.
Trail End’s whole-house exhibit, The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Relationship between Sheridan and Trail End, celebrates the community connections of friendship, service, consumption and production, and how they sometimes intertwined at Trail End – Wyoming’s premier historic house museum.