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“Well worth visiting!”

Trail End State Historic Site
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Sheridan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Trail End State Historic Site is a fully furnished historic house museum that interprets the time period 1913-1933. Visitors step back into time to catch a glimpse of what life was like for John B. Kendrick, a rancher politician, and his family. Hours: April 1- May 31: 1:00-4:00pm daily June 1-August 31: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm daily September 1-December 14: 1:00-4:00pm daily Closed: Veteran's Day Thanksgiving Day December 15-March 31
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 25 July 2013

This is a beautiful mansion with lots of Wyoming history. We especially liked the wall of photos with all the famous people/presidents who knew the family.

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

We had a couple of hours to invest in historical sights during a mid afternoon arrival in Sheridan and headed strait to Trail End which was open until 6p.m. The 1913 constructed mansion and carriage house both sit on nearly 4 beautiful acres in a residential neighborhood near downtown Sheridan. Built by and once home to Texas born cowboy turned self made man John Kendrick who became a Wyoming State Senator, Governor and then in 1916 Wyoming's US Senator, the property is now owned and operated by the State of Wyoming as a historic site.

One of the things that makes this such a well maintained, fabulous tour back in time is that it was owned continually by the Kendrick family until the last member, John Kendrick's son Manville, moved on in the early 1960's at which time the state acquired it.

Although the carriage house is now leased to a theater group and no longer open to tour, the entire 13,748 square foot mansion and all of the grounds are open to the public. See their website for hours which change seasonally.

GOT A KICK OUT OF THIS "DO AS I SAY..."
My husband and I noted during our walk about of the house that although Governor Kendrick supported legislation in Wyoming that limited alcohol and then as U.S. Senator he voted in favor of the January 1919 ratification of 18th Amendment which resulted in Prohibition effective January 1920 (until repeal in 1933 through passage of the 21st Amendment) neither he nor his wife believed Prohibition applied to them or their guests. In fact there was a grand for its' time liquor storage cabinet built in behind paneling in the main entry hall. In addition, an elevator shaft they built but in which they did not install an elevator, was used for storage for their fine wine collection.

FAVORITE ROOMS & FEATURES
Worth a linger for me were the butler's pantry and kitchen on the first floor, the stellar for its' day powder bath on the first floor and the maid's quarters and bath on the upper floor. Oh, and that liquor storage behind the paneled wall of the entry of course. :-) Plus the detail and craftsmanship in the woodwork throughout the house, in particular the office, living room, main hall and ballroom, are beautiful. Photos are allowed but without flash so couldn't capture this for postiing images.

BOTTOM LINE:
Touring this house and the grounds was a delightful way to spend a couple of hours in Sheridan and the highlight of our relatively lowlight stop over there. We recommend it. Even children will likely enjoy this.

THIS N THAT:

1) ENTRY FEE: into the mansion is only four bucks, two bucks if you have a Wyoming driver's license. No fee required to walk the lovely grounds.

2) PARKING: two spots of accessible (aka ADA) parking are at the back of the mansion near an accessible ramp. Otherwise you need to park on street in the neighborhood in which the mansion is located and make a relatively short walk up the driveway to the front door.

3) ACCESSIBILITY: Good news for folks like me who can't climb stairs (I have MS), all four floors of the mansion are accessible by an (small and ancient but it works) elevator. Come up the ramp the back of the building to avoid the stairs at the front. You'll enter the back door at which there is a button to push to ring the docent who will promptly let you in. Nice.

4  Thank piacere
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Reviewed 19 January 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.

1  Thank Dottie84
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Reviewed 29 October 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.

2  Thank JoyfulWriter
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Reviewed 7 September 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.

1  Thank jeaniemack
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