Trail End State Historic Site, Wyoming

In 1879, a 21-year old Texas cowpuncher drove a herd of longhorns to Wyoming. Within a few years, John B. Kendrick (that cowpuncher turned cattle baron) had amassed a fortune in the Wyoming cattle boom of the 1880s, and commissioned Montana architect Glenn Charles McAlister to design a home for his family. Completed in 1913, the 18-room Flemish Revival mansion was built in the center of Sheridan. The home included some early 20th century state-of-the-art technologies: a central vacuum system, electricity, and plumbing. Kendrick named his elegant new home “Trail End,” even though he was about to embark on a new trail, this time as a civic-minded politician. In 1910, John B. Kendrick was elected to the state senate, was elected Governor in 1914, and in 1917 began a distinguished career in the U.S. Senate. Today, Trail End is maintained as a museum/home that depicts the early 20th century era of the well-heeled Kendrick family. Self-guided tours include the mansion, carriage house, and the extensive gardens and grounds. Trail End is also a repository for archive and photograph collections specific to local and regional history. This architecturally significant home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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