Wyoming Main Streets Not to Miss
Experience the charm, history and friendliness of the downtown districts that are spread throughout Wyoming. Most date all the way back to frontier days, when transcontinental travelers saw this beautiful land and set up camp — permanently. The century-old courthouses, mercantiles and saloons still welcome travelers today, and, thanks the Wyoming Main Streets project, they will be for centuries more to come. These local towns have invested in restoring and preserving their distinct central business districts and are all worthwhile stops on your trip to Wyoming.
Timeless brick buildings line the sidewalks in Rawlins, the southeastern town that sprouted up around a 19th-century train stop. Browse railroad history at the Train Depot, see local artists at the Rawlins Main Street Gallery and shop for gifts at boutiques. Don't skip a stroll though downtown to view the 12 murals that tell the colorful history of Carbon County. Several major events draw hundreds each year, including SummerFest, Moonlight Movies, Trick-or-Treat on Cedar Street and Olde Tyme Christmas.
With a picturesque mountain backdrop, this postcard-perfect Main Street in northeast Wyoming is on the National Register of Historic Places, along with the nearby courthouse and railroad district. The renowned Mint Bar is a must-see with its bucking cowboy in neon lights above the door and Western atmosphere inside. For only $1, take the one-hour tour on Sheridan's own restored trolley to see the town from a local's perspective and learn about the history of this city, which True West magazine ranked the No. 1 Western Town in the U.S. in 2006. Or, grab a walking tour brochure and make a self-guided exploration. The Wild West Wine Fest, Christmas Stroll and Farmers' Markets bring added excitement to downtown Sheridan every year.
From its boom-town roots, Laramie has flourished into a cultural center as the home the University of Wyoming, but it still maintains its Old West spirit from the days when it was known as “The Gem City of the Plains.” Learn the stories of its lawless beginnings by picking up a walking tour brochure at Main Street or Chamber of Commerce offices. Along your route, see the landmark Holiday Building, the historic Women’s History House and the beautifully ornate St. Matthew’s Church. Finally, wet your whistle at the infamous Buckhorn Bar on Ivinson Street, which has been serving customers since the 1930s.
Rock Springs Mainstreet
Get the lay of the land and a history lesson at the Rock Springs Historic Museum, where you can grab a self-guided tour booklet of the charming coal mining city. Stop by the newly renovated Broadway Theater, where the schedule is filled with performing arts and movie events. Summertime brings live concerts in Bunning Park and Farmers’ Markets, and when the snow’s falling, the Mayor’s Tree-Lighting is the event of the season.
A large “Wyoming Wonderland” sign greets you in Dubois, an authentic Western town in the northwest that is known as a gateway to Yellowstone. Take a stroll down the dusty boardwalks of the main drag while you browse local shops for cowboy wear and handmade treats. Find gifts at Welty’s General Store, which has been in business since 1889, local lore says that outlaw Butch Cassidy to frequented the shop. See the weekly rodeo, museums and art galleries on your trip through town.
In a scenic valley in the southwest corner of Wyoming, downtown Evanston welcomes visitors with shops, art galleries, restaurants and vibrant Union Pacific railroad history. Visit the revamped Strand Theatre, Evanston Hotel and roundhouse — just a few of the historic buildings in the city that have undergone massive renovation projects in recent years. Michael’s Bar & Grill on Front Street is the oldest eatery in town, and the location was one of the first J.C. Penney stores in the U.S.
Green River Mainstreet
Since 2009, the community of Green River along I-80 has been working on beautification and preservation of Main Street. On a walk through the central business district, you’ll see original brick buildings from as early as the 1880s, like the Tomahawk Hotel, Sweetwater County Courthouse and the Green Gander Bar. The Green River Brewery has been one of the most popular destinations in town for more than a century, so grab a locally made brew and sip your way back in time while you’re here.