King's Saddlery is one of the Wild West's most iconic outposts, a Western tack store with the largest selection of hand-crafted saddles, bridles, ropes, reins, halters and more that you'll find in Western America. Celebrities like Johnny Depp and Henry Cavill have been sported under Kings Ropes hats in recent years, significantly raising the shop's global profile, yet the saddlery remains unapologetically authentic. The Don King Museum (on site) offers a glimpse at life in the Old West through the years, and houses everything from horse-drawn hearses, taxidermy bears, moose, and elk, and rifles and handguns from some of America's most famous duels. King's is the ultimate Western market, and a great place to begin a visit to the charming city of Sheridan.
I've lived in Sheridan a few years now and make frequent stops to the Saddlery; sometimes I pop in to see what's new, and other times I come to say hello to James F. Jackson, King's resident master craftsman. You can often spy James at his big desk in the back of the museum, working wonders on a leather saddle or bag or belt, but don't distract him if you see him working on a camera bag – that's an extra special commission for someone in particular.