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“Fascinating” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Trail End State Historic Site

Trail End State Historic Site
400 Clarendon Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801
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Ranked #6 of 14 things to do in Sheridan
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Big Horn, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I really liked all the history we learned when we visited. It wasn't anything huge and spectacular but for the price ($2 for residents and $4 for out-of-staters) it was fun. I was amazed to see the luxuries people had at the turn of the century.

Visited July 2012
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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“Great Home with Great History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We spent a delightful 45-minutes touring the lovely 1913 Flemish-Revival mansion that was once home to John Kendrick and family. Kendrick was known as the "Cowboy Senator," and was also governor of Wyoming at one time. The handsome home is set on 3.8 acres on a hill above the town of Sheridan -- a bit off the beaten path, but not hard to find. The cost was only $4 each for a self-guided tour of the four-story house. The woman at the door was very nice.

The grand staircase is grand indeed with stained glass at the first landing and a view up through the stairwell all the way to the top. Dark wood (Hondurian mahogany) dominates on the first floor, with lighter paint colors on the second floor. The mostly original furniture is quite nice.

The second floor bedrooms and bathrooms were interesting. Especially nice were the informative signs posted at the doorway of each room, along with photos of who used that room. There are also informative notes on the walls about the interesting family. The third floor included servants quarters, but my favorite of all the rooms was the large ballroom that spread across a big portion of that floor. It has Tiffany-styled chandeliers, a muscians' loft, and handy velvet cushion-covered seats built in along all the walls. With the high-pitched ceiling and nifty little nooks, it is a neat room -- one that was also sometimes used for a playroom. That would have been funto be a kid playing up there.

There are bathrooms and additional exhibits in the basement. The Senator's wife, Eula, lived there until she died in 1961 and then, I believe, they donated the house for the rest of us to enjoy. I'd highly recommend a visit to this lovely place.

Visited September 2012
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“peaceful and nice to visit if you have time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The Trail end house is nice to visit and walk the grounds. But it is not worth going out of your way to visit. If you are in Sheridan and have the time then by all means stop.

Visited September 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Wonderfully maintained 1913 Mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The grand home of John Kendrick, a self-made businessman, whose success in ranching and real estate made him a WY legend. He was a penniless ranch hand that made his fortune by building large herds of cattle, then parlayed success in business to success in politics. Elected Governor around the time of prohibition, he planned ahead and built this house with hidden doors and secret ways to store his wine and liquor purchased in large quantities before prohibition went into effect. Kendrick later went on to serve three terms as a U. S. Senator from Wyoming. His home is pretty much as it was in 1933 - set to entertain a lovely dinner and then relocate for conversation afterwards in the living room/game room. Be sure to go to the 3rd floor and walk around the grounds for a beautiful view of Big Horn Mountains. $4 per person entry (out of state), $2 in state. On the Trolley route. Short drive on West 5th Street and you'll find directional markers. Parking is on the street.

Visited July 2012
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Wellington, Shropshire
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“Beautiful Victorian House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

This mansion is tucked away, but so worth the visit. Its all original, and you take yourself round. Its only $4 to get in, but has so much to see. The crowning glory is the top floor ball room, you just don't expect it. The furniture is all original to the house, and the guide is good. Shame with most of these tye of houses, they don't seem to be that busy..which is good for us.

Visited June 2012
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