Johnson County - BHMMC Member Institutions

Hoofprints of the Past Museum

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum

OTHER JOHNSON COUNTY ATTRACTIONS

Buffalo Historic Main Street District

Buffalo, Wyoming 


Buffalo's Main Street was built on what was once a trail that curved down a slight hill, forded Clear Creek, and then angled up the grade to the other side of the valley. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, Buffalo's Main Street Historic District includes the Johnson County Courthouse and the Occidental Hotel - made famous by Owen Wister - as well as twenty more structures with fascinating histories, all housing modern downtown businesses.  


CONTACT 

DIRECTIONS 

  • FROM INTERSTATE 25: Take exit 299 (Buffalo); head west on East Hart; turn left (south) onto Main Street.  
  • ​FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 56a (Main Street/Business Loop); head south (highway becomes Main Street) 

Museum of the Occidental

Buffalo, Wyoming


Walking into the Grand Lobby of Buffalo's Historic Occidental Hotel is like stepping back into history. From the intricately etched windowpanes to the stunning collection of period antiques, historical photos and artifacts, The Occidental Hotel Museum is truly a living history of the Western Frontier - those days long ago when buffalo still roamed the range, armies battled for control of the countryside, and outlaws hid out at the famous Hole-In-the-Wall.

 

CONTACT

DIRECTIONS

  • FROM INTERSTATE 25: Take exit 299 (Buffalo); turn west onto East Hart (towards town); at the traffic light, turn left (south) onto Main Street.
  • FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 56a (Main Street/Business Loop); head south into business district (highway becomes Main Street).
  • Museum is on the right before the bridge; parking is available on nearby streets.

Cantonment Reno

Near Kaycee, Wyoming

Cantonment Reno (not the same as Fort Reno) was established at the Bozeman Trail crossing of Powder River in 1876, to serve as a supply base for the U. S. Army during campaigns to drive the Sioux and Cheyenne out of the area. Following the Dull Knife Battle in November 1876, the outpost was renamed Fort McKinney. Operations were relocated north to Clear Creek in 1878, leaving nothing but shallow depressions in the earth to mark the original site. 


CONTACT 

  • 307-684-1100 (Bureau of Land Management)

DIRECTIONS 

  • FROM INTERSTATE 25: Take exit 254 (Kaycee) and travel east on Highway 192/Mayoworth-Sussex Road; after 19 miles, turn left (north) onto the county road where the road signs point to the Bozeman Trail and Fort Reno; the original site of Cantonment Reno is on the right, about 5 miles north.

Fort McKinney

 Buffalo, Wyoming


​Named for Lt. John McKinney (killed in an attack on a Cheyenne village on the Red Fork of Powder River), the Fort was built on a hill overlooking Clear Creek in 187.  Closed in 1894, McKinney began a new phase of its existence in 1903 as the Wyoming Soldiers and Sailors Home (now the Veterans' Home of Wyoming).  Most of the original buildings have been dismantled or moved;  the only remaining historic structures are the cavalry stable and the fort hospital. 


CONTACT 

  • 700 Veterans Lane, Buffalo WY 82834 
  • 307-684-5511

DIRECTIONS 

  • FROM INTERSTATE 25: Take exit 299 (Buffalo); head west on East Hart (towards town); turn left (south) onto Main Street; turn right onto Fort Street (becomes Highway 16); turn left on Veterans Lane.
  • ​FROM INTERSTATE 90: Take exit 56a (Main Street/Business Loop); head south (highway becomes Main Street); turn right onto Fort Street (becomes Highway 16); turn left on Veterans Lane.
  • Parking is available near the administration building.