CHUGWATER CHILI CORP. HISTORY:
Chugwater Chili Corporation started in June of 1986, when five farm and ranch families
purchased the Wyoming State Championship Chili Recipe and turned it into a "for-profit"
business to help the business community of the town of Chugwater. From humble beginnings
in a home basement for an office and a ranch bunkhouse for packaging, the Corporation is now
located at 210 1st Street, Chugwater, Wyoming. As our billboards along the highway suggests;
we welcome visitors to stop in for a free taste of our products as well as to say hello. We
think you will enjoy our new building and friendly staff.
THE LEGEND OF CHUGWATER
At first glance, it looks like any other small town, but there's something distinctively different
about Chugwater, Wyoming. Legend tells of an old Indian chief whose son, known as "The
Dreamer", just couldn't see fit to hunt buffalo the hard way.
Lazy though he was, the chief's son was also somewhat enterprising and was said to have
thought up the idea of stampeding the unsuspecting buffalo over the chalk cliffs that now
surround the town. This is now known as the famous "Buffalo Jumps". Because of the sound
of the falling buffalo in the creek below, the Dreamer's trap became known as "water at the
place where the buffalo chug". The white settlers later adopted the Indian name "Chugwater".
Chugwater became a station of the Cheyenne-Deadwood stage route, the home of the large and
famous Swan Land and Cattle Company as well as the stomping grounds of the notorious Tom