Ranchester, Wyoming, built on rails and ties and incorporated in 1911, is nestled deep in the heart of farm and ranch country. Located between the award-winning, historic City of Sheridan and the gorgeous Big Horn Mountains, the Town of Ranchester, population 974 (2017 Census Estimate), sits just 9 miles south of the Montana state line, directly off I-90. Raising a family and making a living are enjoyed in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains. Connor Battlefield State Park is located within the town limits and offers great fishing opportunities, a playground area for kids, and many available sites for overnight camping. Historic U.S. Highway 14 runs through the center of town, heading over the Bighorns via the Big Horn Scenic Byway, ending at the east gate to Yellowstone National Park. The combination of rich history, incredible views, and friendly community make Ranchester, Wyoming the West at its best.
Musings and observations from the desk of Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark.
Weren’t the fireworks on the 4th spectacular? The way this year has been going I was worried that we would get rained out, but we didn’t. Thanks to the town crew for putting it all together.
I hope everyone has had an opportunity to check out the park behind town hall. The town council and town crew have been working on this park since last fall when we jumped on chance to buy playground equipment for half price. We are planning on putting in more picnic tables, barbeques, bathrooms and maybe some horseshoe pits. Let me know if you have other ideas for the park—it is your park. I also think we need a name for the park something besides “the-park-behind-town-hall.” Let us know what we should name the park. I have already heard many compliments about how nice it looks as you come in to town. Eventually, the Town is planning improvements to all the parks in town.
I recently attended the review of the flooding in May/June sponsored by the county emergency management office and the National Weather Service out of Billings. If you thought that the flooding was the worst in recent memory, you were right. According to the weather service 4.80” of rain fell in Dayton from May 24 to May 29 and combined with late spring run-off caused the Tongue River to crest at 5.18’ on May 28. This is the highest flood crest since May 1978. The flooding did major damage to the roads in Connor Battlefield State Park. The town recently received permission from the State Parks Department to hire a contractor to start repairing the roads. We should have the park open before the end of summer.
Speaking of the flood, if anyone is willing to share with the National Weather Service how much property damage you suffered from the flooding, they would like to know. The information will remain anonymous. You may drop off the information to me at the town.
Ranchester is such a great place to live. I hope you have good rest of the summer.