Town of Big Horn

Located on the eastern slopes of the Bighorn Mountains alongside Little Goose Creek, Big Horn has more than doubled in size since 2000.

The population of Big Horn in 2000 was 190 people. By the 2010 census, the small town had grown to 490 residents.

While this represents phenomenal growth in just 10 years, it is by no means the largest the town has ever been. At one time, Big Horn had as many as 1,000 residents and sported a college, a brick factory, saloons, churches, a hotel, a livery barn and a mercantile.

The town shrank when it lost the bid to be the county seat to neighboring Sheridan. More people left when it was discovered that three railroads were surveying Sheridan. When the railroads arrived in 1893, Big Horn quickly became a satellite community of Sheridan.

Wealthy cattle and sheep ranchers founded Big Horn in 1882.

Big Horn boasts two polo clubs — Big Horn Polo and Flying H Polo Club — that offer a more laid back atmosphere compared to their eastern and European counterparts.

The town also offers breathtaking views of the Bighorn Mountains; easy access to fishing and backcountry camping up Red Grade Road; is home to The Brinton Museum, a renowned site for the preservation of history and promotion of the arts; and hosts several events with small-town charm like the Big Horn Heritage Days chuckwagon cook-off over Labor Day weekend.


Big Horn Community

  • 490 total residents
  • Under 18: 144
  • Male: 244
  • Female: 246
  • Largest age group: 50-64: 117

By |May. 26, 2015|

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