Ranchester, Wyoming, built on rails and ties and incorporated in 1911, is nestled deep in the heart of farm and ranch country. Located between the award-winning, historic City of Sheridan and the gorgeous Big Horn Mountains, the Town of Ranchester, population 974 (2017 Census Estimate), sits just 9 miles south of the Montana state line, directly off I-90. Raising a family and making a living are enjoyed in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains. Connor Battlefield State Park is located within the town limits and offers great fishing opportunities, a playground area for kids, and many available sites for overnight camping. Historic U.S. Highway 14 runs through the center of town, heading over the Bighorns via the Big Horn Scenic Byway, ending at the east gate to Yellowstone National Park. The combination of rich history, incredible views, and friendly community make Ranchester, Wyoming the West at its best.
Musings and observations from the desk of Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark.
Where did the summer go?
After a slow, wet start, summer finally got here and now it’s gone. Unfortunately, Connor Park was closed most of the summer to repair the damage from this spring’s flooding, but once it did open the park was busy. I want to thank all the town crew and Wyoming State Parks for pitching in to repair the damage. There is still some clean up and reseeding to be done, the grassy areas will be done next spring. Hopefully, we can celebrate the Fourth of July in Connor Park next year.
The town closed the Information Center at the end of September. This year wasn’t as busy as previous years. I think the local highway construction might have been a factor. Approximately 400 people visited the Information Center from 38 states, 8 countries and 5 Canadian Provinces.
Moving the Farmer’s Market to Wednesday afternoon was a good move. We are always looking for more vendors and food trucks. Thank you everyone for supporting the Market. Special thanks to Jerry Forster for running the Market with help from Jerry Williamson.
The Town’s next big event is the 12th annual Arts and Craft Bazaar Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Ranchester Town Hall Multi-Purpose Room. The Breakfast Fundraiser starts at 8:00 a.m. and the Free Chili Lunch starts at 11 a.m. If you want more information call Town Hall. This event is always a fun way to start off the Christmas season. Be sure to come and check out the homemade and handmade crafts.
Finally, remember to remove your vehicles from the streets during a snow event. This will make it easier for the town crew to plow the snow.
Have a wonderful Fall.