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Proud To Be a WLRA Member: Mill Inn

Though hotels quite often are unique to their owners, you will find in Sheridan a most-unexpected look for a hotel: a former flourmill. Owned by Torrey and Karen Moody since 1992, the Mill Inn has seen its fair share of Sheridan history.

Originally built as the "Sheridan Flouring Mills" in 1923, the building was converted into a 44-unit motel with some 6,000 square feet of office space in the late 1970's. It became listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1997, and you can find nods to its history all through the building.

"Our lobby features museum-quality Native American artifacts and historical photos of the local area," Karen explains, "and each of our guest rooms features western photography of L.A. Huffman, a well-known photographer from Montana who worked in the late 1800's." Accompanying each of these historical photos is a brief story explaining its subject matter. And the western hospitality is evident.

"Our business philosophy revolves around providing the very best value in lodging for our guests," Moody says. "We strive to treat our guests to a true 'Best Rest Out West' experience."

Crucial to that, according to Moody, are her employees. "We treat our employees with the respect they so rightly deserve and compensate them accordingly." This has added benefits, she says, in that apart from being more productive, happy employees they "make our guests feel welcome in our country, our state and our community. We want them (our guests) to want to come back."

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association has been a great resource for the Moody's in more ways than one; not only do they own the Mill Inn, but they also own and operate seven Taco Johns and Good Times franchises together with their grown children.

"We originally joined the WLRA because Lynn Birleffi is a personal friend of ours," she says matter-of-factly. "Since that time we have relied on the WLRA to represent our interests in legislative matters and to provide us with pertinent information concerning our industry. It is also an excellent tool to stay connected with other members in the industry."

"We are proud to have the WLRA represent us in state and national affairs," Moody says, "and we are quite proud of our membership."

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