What a Name, and What a Story!

Chugwater is the home of the Swan Land and Cattle Company, which in its day owned 1,000,000 acres of land and ran over 110,000 cattle. The Swan was instrumental in bringing ranching to the mountain west. Much about the Swan’s history can be learned at the Chugwater Museum. A National Historic marker can be found in Chugwater as well; it marks the stage stop on the Cheyenne to Deadwood route. Chugwater is also the home of Chugwater Chili. Started by five ranch families in 1986, the company now sells chili seasoning around the world and welcomes visitors to stop in for a free ta