Historic Buffalo Bill Dam
Colonel William F. Cody, Founder of Cody, Wyoming, spent many years promoting and attempting to raise money for his dream of irrigating thousands of arid acres East of Cody from the Shoshone River. Buffalo Bill Dam was the realization of his vision for the future of Cody and the surrounding area.
This dam was one of the first three major ones built by the Bureau of Reclamation. Construction began in 1905 and completed in 1910 at a total cost of $929,658.
Original height at completion was 328 feet, then the highest dam in the world. Length of dam at base, 70 feet. Length of dam at crest, 200 feet. Water storage capacity before raising the dam, about 400,000 acre feet.
An 8-year modification project increased the dam height by 25 feet to a total of 353 feet. The dam raising and expansion added 250,000 acre feet of water storage capacity for a total of approximately 650,000.
The reservoir provides recreation, irrigation and drinking water for Cody and much of the Big Horn Basin.
Because of its historical significance, Buffalo Bill Dam was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Old West Miniature Village & Museum
This was really a fascinating indoor exhibit that depicted the historical events of Wyoming and Montana from the 1600’s -1800’s. There were 66 scenes in one large expanse that covered 1,700 sq. ft. and included the Oregon Trail, Custer’s Last Stand, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and lots of antique and miniature trains.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
The best way to explore the Spirit of the American West, for us, was visiting the five museums within the Historical Center. These included the Plains Indian Peoples Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History, Whiney Gallery of Western Art, Cody Firearms Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum (including his boyhood home).
We had a great time in Cody. If you ever go to Cody make sure you have at least 3 days. There is so much more to see and we will come back some day. I had a problem with editing my photos and was not able to place a caption on several of my final photos.
One of the photos near the end is of the Remington Model 513T Bolt Action 'Matchmaster" rifle (4th from the top). This was the same as my favorite rifle I shot on the rifle team in high school.