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Cowboy Bar

Cowboy Bar

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  • Date Posted: Apr 30, 2014
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  • Address: 1936 State Street, Meeteetse, WY 82433, USA


The name Meeteetse means “where chiefs meet” in Shoshone. Meeteetse was the location of one of the oldest settlements in the Big Horn Basin originating sometime in the 1870’s. Meeteetse was at the end of the Red Lodge Road, which originated in Red Lodge, Montana and functioned as a stage a freight road. It was the first road built in the Big Horn Basin. The road was eventually extended into Lander and Rawlins.

Otto Franc established the community in 1879.

William McNally built a house in 1893 at the present site of Meeteetse.

Robert Leroy Parker, also known as Butch Cassidy took up residence in Meeteetse. In 1894, Butch Cassidy was arrested outside of the Cowboy Bar. The Cowboy Bar was constructed in 1893 and has 56 bullet holes in it and one shotgun blast.

Paranormal Reports:

Disembodied footsteps have been reported. Full glasses are reported to have “fallen” from the bar, without spillage. Disembodied orders for steak have been reported.


Vertical Media (1995-2009). Cody: Old West Towns, Meeteetse, Wyoming. Retrieved December 3, 2009 from

No Author (n.d.) Big Horn Basin Photos from Wyoming Tales and Trails. Retrieved December 3, 2009 from

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved August 11, 2008 from


1936 State Street Meeteetse WY Wyoming United States

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