Built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line, the Blacksmith Shop, now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum, originally satisfied the needs of the nearby Bozeman Trail, connecting southeastern Wyoming to Virgina City, Montana. It had been 1878 when O.P. Hanna decided to build his cabin near a clear creek, in a sheltered meadow with a magnificent view of the Big Horn Mountains. This was to be the first homestead cabin in what is now Sheridan County. By 1881, pioneer families started settling in Big Horn City, a name chose by O.P. Hanna.
Refurbishing of the deteriorating building began in 1936, and an additional refurbishing effort was completed under the guidance of the Big Horn Bi-Centennial Committee of 1976. Upon completion of the project, historic items of interest were gradually moved into the building for safe-keeping. Museum Director, Judy Slack, says some items of interest in the museum are dental tools, a pump organ, portions of the 1881 post office, dairies, artwork, photograph multiplex of pioneer families, blacksmith and farm implements, pioneer clothing, Indian artifacts, and other collectables from local families.
The museum is open weekends during the summer months from 11 am to 4 pm. Located 10 miles south of Sheridan at the south end of Johnson Street in Big Horn, they share property with the Big Horn Women’s Club. Call 307-674-6363 or visit the Bozeman Trail Museum web site for information.