North to Alaska-2010 travel blog

Buffalo on bridge

Buffalo road jam

Our next RV?

Trail Town

Inside a cabin in Trail Town

General Store

Trail Town

Gunfight

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Buffalo Bill Cody at gunfight

Poster in historical center

Bronze statue - western contract agreement

Canyon with Big Horn River

Deer

Wild Horse

Wild Horse

Mountain Sheep

Mountain Sheep

Pronghorn/Antelope


We moved on to Cody, Wyoming after several days at Jackson, WY. Our route took us along the Tetons, which was beautiful and up to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We drove through the park and out through the East Entrance. Before we reached the East Entrance we ran into a bison road jam - they wanted to cross the bridge so everyone had to wait until they decided to go on across. Once we left Yellowstone the scenery continued to be mountainous, but beautiful. We had to cross over a mountain pass again of about 8,000 ft. We passed by Buffalo Bill State Park and Reservoir. Cody, Wyoming is named after Buffalo Bill Cody, he actually started the town. He built the Irma Hotel, named after his youngest daughter and it is still in the center of Cody today. When he was planning the layout of the town he told the planners that he wanted nice wide streets because as he traveled with his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show he found that most towns' roads were so narrow he couldn't get his wagons turned around. The town still has the nice wide roads which gives the town a nice roomy feel. There was a lot more to see in Cody than we anticipated. There is a beautiful Buffalo Bill Historical Center which has a section dedicated to Buffalo Bill and the American West, a wing for Western Art, a wing dedicated to Firearms, and a wing for the Plains Indian Peoples. It is said that at the turn of the century Buffalo Bill was the most famous American - he performed for Queen Victoria and she sent him a huge cherry bar that is still in the Irma Hotel. The historical center has many items that were gifts to Buffalo Bill from royalty, presidents, and many other well known people. We spent half a day there and didn't cover it all. We took a trolley tour of the town and learned a lot of the history. We saw the first log cabin built in Cody, which someone still lives in. There are three Sears Roebuck homes, houses bought from the Sears catalog for $450 at the turn of the century and people still live in those also. We visited the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center. It dams the Shoshone River to provide irrigation for the surrounding area. Every evening, in front of the Irma Hotel, they stage a gunfight in the street, sort of an old fashioned melodrama - it's free of charge. In the evening we went to the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue. It was in an old theatre in downtown Cody and still had the original fixtures - very nice. The show was old fashioned country music and very entertaining. Dan Miller announces for the pro-rodeo on ESPN. I visited a really nice quilt store in Cody. We also visited Old Trail Town, which is an old west town with log buildings that were found all over Montana and Wyoming and brought to CoJeremiahmiah Johnson (yes he was a real person) is buried there. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were supposed to have visited the area that is now Cody. We drove the scenic route to Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area. It was well worth the drive, we saw wild horses, deer, and mountain sheep - all of them very close to the road. The canyon was spectacular with the Bighorn River running through it. We had been told you usually did not see any horses and while we were sitting looking at some deer, two horses came walking down the road towards us - amazing! On the drive back we drove through miles and miles of pastures that looked like they went on forever with no houses in site. We saw numerous pronghorn/antelope grazing out in the pastures. We could have spent several more days in Cody - it is a very interesting small town with a lot of history.



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