If you want to get a clearer view of what Absoroka County, the fictional jurisdiction of Craig Johnson’s Sheriff Walt Longmire, Craig recently wrote this article for Cowboys & Indians, giving a tour of what he calls The Longmire Loop.
Asaroka County may not exist, but if you take what I like to refer to as the Longmire Loop, you will get a real sense of Walt Longmire’s world.
Start your tour in Buffalo, Wyoming, the model I used for Absaroka County’s fictitious seat, and spend the night at the lovingly restoredOccidental Hotel. Have the usual at the Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street, and then mosey up the steps past the courthouse to the old Carnegie Library, the model for Sheriff Longmire’s office that now houses the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum. From Buffalo you can thread your way out to the Ucross Foundation and take in the gallery at the Big Red Barn or catch a trail ride at The Ranch at Ucross.
Traveling northwest to Sheridan County, lunch at the Big Horn Smokehouse & Saloon, and then visit The Brinton Museum, home of a grand collection of Western art both classic and modern. Hit Sheridan proper 15 miles farther north and make your way to King’s Saddlery, where you’ll be enthralled by the family’s Don King Museum of cowboy memorabilia.
We’ve shared this article with you just in time to pick up Craig’s collection of Walt Longmire short stories, Wait For Signs, now out in paperback. You can find copies of Wait For Signs on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.