A rattlesnake, a moose, and a jackalope walked into a bar... and they never left again. I supposed none of the critters mounted on the walls of Sheridan's iconic Mint Bar actually walked in on their own, but you can imagine how many cowboy hats would have turned in their direction if they had. The Mint Bar opened in 1907 and immediately became Sheridan's favorite watering hole; even Prohibition, enacted in 1919, couldn't stem the flow of liquid courage, as a speakeasy was kept running out back until the end of the Congressional dry spell in 1933. The bar was remodeled shortly after its official reopening, and has remained relateively unchanged since the 1940s – every time I saddle up to the well-worn bar, I imagine how many tall tales the Bighorn sheep on the wall has heard, or how many cowboys the bobcats have chased home.
The Mint's neon sign glows bright each and every night, urging new friends to stop in for a taste of Western hospitality.