Tucked below the Bighorn Mountains in thick pines, Story is shady and cool in the summer and fairy-tale white and snowy in the winter, offering a quick getaway from Sheridan or a weekend adventure for anyone looking for a quiet escape.
The unincorporated community lies approximately 20 miles south of Sheridan on State Highway 87. It rests on the banks of Piney Creek and was first platted by horse trader Marshal Wolf, who was going to name the town after himself until he found out — with dismay — that Wolf, Wyoming, already existed.
The town was instead named after Charles B. Story, a rancher who was instrumental in getting a post office established — the first building in what had until then been a town made up of only tent structures.
Today, Story acts as a gateway to several trails used for hiking, snowshoeing, ATV riding and as access to rock-climbing adventures. South Piney Creek Trail and Penrose Trail are community favorites.
The town also features the Story Fish Hatchery. With $2.6 million in funding from the Wyoming Legislature, the hatchery celebrated a grand reopening in September 2011 after being renovated.
The remodeling included improvements in water delivery systems, fish rearing areas and egg incubation facilities. Many features were designed specifically to house the additional brood stocks and for spawning activities and egg incubation.
The hatchery is open daily year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Story also features an art center, a coffee shop that does its own roasting, a library and several artisan gift stores.
Each year, the community celebrates the end of summer with Story Days, a townwide celebration that features food — including pies from the Story Woman’s Club — vendors, a parade and other fun and cultural activities for all ages.
Another fun event is the Thanksgiving meal served by the Story Woman’s Club each year. It has turkey and all the fixings and those sought-after Story Woman’s Club pies. It’s must-do event — but get there early because the line often stretches out the door and down the block.
- 828 total residents
- Male: 423
- Female: 405
- Under 18: 118
- Largest age group: 50-64: 280