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History

The industrial past of Crook County goes back to the 1870s, when coal deposits were discovered northeast of Sundance. In April of 1882, the coal land in and around Aladdin was surveyed. Some 2000 tons of coal had been mined, but not marketed. The longest tunnel was 600 feet long, five feet wide and six feet high. This old Coal Tipple is still standing, just a mile east of the Aladdin Café, however the railroad discontinued service in 1927.

Located about 44 miles the east of Devil's Tower, is where you'll find the small town of Aladdin. The town was founded when the Wyoming and Missouri River Railroad was expanded to the coal tipple in 1898 and 1899. Mahlon S Kemmerer first president of the Railroad (and after whom Kemmerer is named) established the town and named it Aladdin, after the main character in The Arabian Nights.

 

The Aladdin Café was built in the 1950s, converting an old gas Station into the original café. The Aladdin Motel was introduced Around the same time and was little more than an old barracks building. The Café and Motel were owned by several people over the years — the Jordan Family owned it until 1966, when it was sold to Gail and Winifred Weaver who sold it in 1986 to Rick and Judy Brengle. Over the next few years the café was leased to several people and even sat closed for a couple of years. On September 11, 1999, the café and motel were reopened by Roberta Noyce and 12 years on November 1, 2001, Cindy Brengle took ownership. In 2003, Mike and Debbie Wagner bought the café and motel and added 10 new hotel rooms and the four cabins. In 2019, Roger Riley purchased the café and motel and has since added the large outdoor deck, outdoor bar and expanded indoor seating. The motel boasts 14 rooms, four of which are rustic cabins, located behind the café and main motel.

 

We're all family here and to be a member, all you have to do is walk through the front door! We hope you enjoy our hand pressed burgers, cooking from scratch and our homemade pies — all available 7 days a week. Or join us on the deck when weather permits for hand cut ribeye and some live music on the weekends. Our deck and bar can be made available for private parties and events, just speak with a manager and we'll do whatever we can to serve your needs.

 

Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing

 - Unknown Author