Moorcroft, Wy: The Perfect Small Town to Settle Down

Moorcroft is located in Northeastern Wyoming on the banks of the Belle Fourche River where the highway crossed the "Old Texas Trail". With a population just over 1,000, Moorcroft is in the heart of the best ranch lands to be found in Wyoming.


Thanks largely to the Old Texas Trail, Moorcroft was the largest shipping point in the United States during the 1890's. Moorcroft was named in 1876 after Alexander Moorcroft, an early settler who built a cabin in the Black Hills. Moorcroft had its beginning as a store, a saloon, and a roadhouse by the Belle Fourche River at the mouth of Donkey Creek. Today, it is a bustling town historically based in ranching but which now serves the coal and oil industries as well. Here, the culture of the Old West is still evident.


Moorcroft is a safe, small, rural community with a western feel, making it a wonderful place to both raise a family or retire. You will want to return to this small rural western town after visiting.


With its close proximity to national tourist draws of Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore, Moorcroft is centered in a wonderful area to visit. The small town atmosphere, friendly people and welcoming community make those visitors want to stay. This map illustrates the possibilities!


A large population of the community commutes nearly 30 miles to work in neighboring towns. This workforce has an extensive historical background in the coal mining and oil industries. Their expertise can be directly applied to other manufacturing businesses as well. 


U.S. Census data indicates the largest industries in the area are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction, followed by Construction and Transportation & Warehousing.


  • Residents and businesses enjoy low taxes in Crook County. Wyoming does not collect a personal income tax, or state income tax on corporate income. The sales tax in Crook County is only 6%. 
  • Per Tax-Rates, Crook County has one of the lowest median property tax rates in the country. The median property tax in Crook County is $657 per year for a $151,100 home. Crook County collects, on average, 0.43% of a property's assessed fair market value as property tax.
  • As part of Crook County, Moorcroft businesses may have access to Industrial Development Bonds.

For more information, please visit the Town of Moorcroft!