THE MILL INN was established in the early 1890s as a single elevator, steam powered, wooden milling structure. Later it would be moved and enlarged at its present location due to the large demand for its products. The new mill had the latest milling technology, made of fire resistant masonry and was the largest, most modern of its kind in Wyoming with daily capacity of 1,000 barrels of flour. At one time, the mill was the largest taxpayer in Wyoming. Due to changes in freight rates for grain and flour, the mill could no longer compete with other milling locations. Milling operations were closed and the buildings, equipment and lands comprising the former Sheridan Flouring Mills, Inc. were sold in 1974. The actual mill building was remodeled into a 44-unit motel and the tower was converted into office spaces. Today, the Mill Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a motel.
WILLIAM F. CODY, “BUFFALO BILL – “Ladies and gentlemen, I have the honor of introducing to your attention a man whose record as a servant of the government, whose skill and daring as a frontiersman, whose place in history as the chief of scouts of the United States Army, whose name as one of the avengers of the lamented Custer, and whose adherence throughout an eventful life to his chosen principle of true to friend and foe, have made him well and popularly known throughout the world ….. The honorable William F. Cody, “Buffalo Bill!”
LATON ALTON HUFFMAN is a well-known western photographer. Here at the Mill Inn are over 100 of his photos on display throughout all our guest rooms. It is one of the largest private collections of Huffman prints in the West.
CHARLES BELDEN was born in San Francisco, California in 1887. His family migrated from the east before the gold rush in 1849; California was still territory of Spain. Interestingly, Charles grew up in California and had an uncle who was a good photographer. This influenced his interest in photography at an early age. Charles’s greatest contribution to the Pitchfork Ranch was making it famous through his photos.