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Hitching Post Inn Book To Benefit Tourism Education

A book now being produced by the Wyoming State Archives details the history of Wyoming’s iconic hotel, the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne. In photos and through written remembrances of those who loved “Wyoming’s Second Capitol,” the Hitching Post’s history from its founding in 1927 until the devastating fire which destroyed most of it two years ago, memories of “The Hitch” are captured for the many thousands of Wyomingites whose lives it touched.

The book will be available in early December through the Wyoming State Museum bookstore or through the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Education Foundation. A website is under development and will be launched by November 1--just in time to purchase the book as a Christmas present.

“It is a fabulous effort to capture the essence of ‘The Hitch’ by Sue Castaneda of Wyoming State Archives and its proceeds will go to the WLRA Education Foundation,” said Lynn Birleffi, WTIC co-founder and former administrator.

The 10” x 11” 142-page book retails for $45.00 with shipping and handling added to that.

The book chronicles the building of the Hitching Post Inn by the late Paul Smith’s grandfather, through his father and mother’s tenure and includes many remembrances of friends of Paul, who owned and managed “The Hitch” from 1982 until his death in 2006.

“We are grateful to have the WLRA Education Foundation be part of this effort to enshrine the history of the Hitching Post Inn and its many employees,” said Chris Brown, WTIC Administrator.

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Education Foundation was developed to serve the educational (and ultimately, recruitment) needs of the hospitality and tourism industries. The foundation works with high schools and community colleges throughout the state to train, recruit and retain Wyoming's valuable workforce through various educational programs.

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