History / Community
Meeteetse is one of the oldest settlements in Buffalo Bill's Cody/Yellowstone Country. The name is said to derive from an Indian phrase meaning "meeting place." But another story says Meeteetse, literally translated, means "measured distance near and far." What it means depends on how the word was used, according to two members of the Crow tribe.
There is no question that the area was frequented by the Indians. Many Indian-killed buffalo skulls, arrowheads, and even the remains of Sheepeater tepee poles have been found.
Meeteetse also was visited by the armed desperados of the past. The likes of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and other "Hole-in-the-Wall" gang members undoubtedly strode down its boardwalks, and frequented the eating and drinking establishments there.
The town's real importance is as a major ranching center. Once the largest town in Park County, Meeteetse has clung to its roots and today is just about as it was at the turn of the century.
Today you can experience nature's finest in excursions around the area, including a mining ghost town, abundant wildlife, wooden sidewalks and watering troughs and local characters who would be happy to share a tale or two. You will also find something very unexpected - a real working cowboy that makes the most decadent chocolate treats anywhere. Tim Kellogg is the Meeteetse Chocolatier and sells his luscious concoctions from his shop on Main street. Be sure to visit him.
How to Get There
Meeteetse is located 30 miles southeast of Cody on Wyoming Highway 120.