The Paul Smith Children’s Village is named for the late Paul Smith who was a long-time enthusiastic supporter of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. He owned and operated the famous Hitching Post Inn which was a very popular gathering center for the community. The Hitching Post Inn was comprised of a hotel, motel, three restaurants, gift shop, beauty salon, spa, bar and lounge. It was the Wyoming State Legislator’s home away from home. It also entertained dignitaries, entertainers and even many U.S. Presidents. Much of the facility burned down as a result of arson in 2010.
Paul was well-known and well-loved in the community. He received numerous awards for his volunteerism and community service. He was a board member for a number of charitable groups. Sadly Paul Smith passed away in 2006 at age 61, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Paul was once asked what he enjoyed most about his life-long service to the community, he replied, “Saving animals and making kids happy.” The Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens foundation felt it was a fitting tribute to name the Children’s Village after Paul Smith when it opened in 2o09.