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12 Wild West Bars to Make You Feel Like a Cowboy

Fodor's Logo By Caroline Eubanks of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 23: Open since 1907, <a href="http://www.mintbarwyo.com/home-2/">The Mint Bar</a> is the area’s oldest watering hole. Formerly The Mint Cigar Company and Soda Shop, it had a Prohibition-era speakeasy in the back room. Today, the walls are lined with the cattle brands of locals who have passed through the doors over the years, along with mounted animal heads and black and white photos of life in Sheridan. A neon sign of a bucking cowboy welcomes visitors. You might even hear a local talk about a time they’ve seen a real horse at the bar.

These watering holes are full of history

The Wild West evokes names like Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, and Annie Oakley. And while you can visit iconic locations like the O.K. Corral, you might be surprised to learn that historic bars are the best places to find this time period’s history. Some have been around longer than the states where they’re located.

© Flash Parker

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