Famous Guests of the Occidental
When you step through the front door of the Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming, you are truly stepping back into the Old West.
In fact, everywhere you walk in this famous hotel, you will be walking where many famous people of the Old West walked. Here are just a few:
Robert LeRoy Parker
aka: Butch Cassidy
aka: The Sundance Kid
President Theodore Roosevelt
Martha Jane Cannary Burke
ake: Calamity Jane
President Herbert Hoover
Buffalo Bill Cody
General Phil Sheridan
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rode to the Occidental from their hideout at the nearby Hole-in-the-Wall. The famous cattle detective and killer, Tom Horn, was another frequent visitor. And legendary frontier sheriffs like Frank Canton and "Red" Angus were regulars at the bar.
Among those who enjoyed the hospitality of the Occidental in the early days were Buffalo Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt, and General Phil Sheridan. Calamity Jane, who drove freight wagons on the Bozeman Trail, stopped often visited the hotel.
Among the famous people who visited the hotel at this stage were President Theodore Roosevelt, President Herbert Hoover and Ernest Hemingway.
Owen Wister, author of The Virginian, spent many happy hours in the Occidental lobby and saloon, and based characters in his celebrated novel on cowboys and gunslingers that he observed there. Many historians believe that the shoot-out at the climax of the book — the first "walk down" in Western literature — took place in front of the Occidental.