‘The Log’ always an interesting read

Welcome leather artisans/crafters! We’re glad you’re here in Sheridan.

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The Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo is coming soon. It’s Sheridan’s showcase event, now in its 83rd year.

It’ll be July 6-14 and the rodeo is once more a major stop on the Million Dollar Tour of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. (The rodeo itself is July 10-13 at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.) Almost $280,000 was paid to these rodeo professionals/athletes, making Sheridan one of the top 50 rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

The Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo continues to grow. Last year, more than 18,500 people enjoyed it, plus all of the ancillary events that creates a big week in the heart of the Bighorn summertime.

The Sheridan Press is a financial partner with the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo.

The Press will also publish its rodeo magazine — Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo/Destination Sheridan on July 3. Last year, copies of the magazine went quickly so this year we’re expanding the press run, the circulation and extending days where we refill the racks at local restaurants, bars, tourism and hospitality centers.

All members of the Press news team are committed for the feature stories about the rodeo, its contestants, its history, the events surrounding all of the socializing — the bed races, the pancake breakfast, the big parade and much more.

It’s a great place to have advertising, as well. (The Madison Avenue gene kicking in here.) Deadline for advertising is June 7.

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As always, the arrival of The Log, the quarterly newsletter of the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum arrives and the Notebook devours it. It’s rich with features and this issue includes a summer calendar of events.

The cover story is about Sheridan Beer and its brewery, written by Dennis Bourett of Tucson, a member of the Class of 1960, Sheridan High School. (The beer’s slogan: ‘“Famous for Flavor.” There’s also a good story about the famous 1866 Christmas ride of John “Portugee” Phillips by Mary Ellen McWilliams. There’s also a nifty read about a Newcastle woman who has maintained sourdough bread starter from 1889.

It’s a good organization, this; the newsletter, always well-read and edited by Nathan Doerr and Judy Musgrave.

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Methinks the best book about Sheridan’s namesake is “Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan” by Joseph Wheelan.

It came out last August and thoroughly covers his early life, his heroism (and controversial strategies in the Civil War) and his role in the Indian Wars.

Would believe the good crew over at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery could get you a copy.

There are other towns named after him in 14 states in the U.S. Sheridan, Wyo., the largest of the bunch.

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Shop Sheridan, this weekend!

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