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Wyoming Taco John’s founder turns 100

local taco business maintains a 52 year legacy
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -A staple of Wyoming, Taco John’s has been around for half a century and the owner is celebrating her birthday on May 27th.

There’s something to be said about a life well-lived. Working hard, caring for the people around you and putting your best foot forward.

Nona Holmes was like that and so was her husband, Harold. Together they created Taco John’s, along with founder John Turner, a legacy of business and a practice of caring.

...Treated us like we were family. They wanted you to work hard, but they took care of you... which speaks to the reason so many people are here today that are over 20 years with the company.

Jim Creel- President & CEO- Taco John's

Born in Torrington, Wyoming, in 1921, Nona was raised by farmers during the great depression. They instilled a sense of work ethic, kindness and humility in her.

They never complained. They had it really tough. They were really poor... and it doesn’t matter where you come from.

Carolyn Holmes O'Connor- Nona's eldest daughter

She met Harold at Cheyenne High School and they married when she was 18. Soon after, she became a school teacher and mother of four.

Nona and Harold started an auction house off Hugar Avenue and turned that success into a laundromat, then a furniture store, then camper trailers which Harold built.

Eventually, these trailers became the first buildings to house Taco John’s. Nona ran the bookkeeping for all these businesses dragging the kids along to help and learn.

She was a great mother and my dad was a good father, we were so lucky.

Carolyn Holmes O'Connor

Fifty-plus years later, Taco John’s is a household name in Wyoming.

Over half her life has been with Taco John’s. Fifty-two years with Taco John’s it’s an amazing accomplishment.

Jim Creel

Taco John’s continues to grow its franchises throughout our state, thanks to Nona.

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