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What to do in Cody/Yellowstone Country this Winter

 

CODY, Wyo., November 30, 2017 – Although the rodeo cowboys have returned to their ranch jobs and the bears have settled into their dens, Cody/Yellowstone Country is still vibrant during the winter season, with an array of authentic, one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor Western experiences.

“With its location near the border of Yellowstone National Park and a range of adventures and just-plain-fun activities, Cody is a wintertime destination like no other,” said Claudia Wade, Marketing Director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “Winter is a great time for vacationers who enjoy exploring historic Western places and lingering in beautiful natural settings. And it’s also a great place for outdoor fun like skiing and ice climbing.”

Wade said that some of Cody’s frequent visitors plan their trips during the winter when they can spend hours exploring places like the acclaimed Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center.

Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas.

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Cross country and downhill skiing and boarding as well as snow shoeing are popular.

Here are 12 things to do in Cody/Yellowstone Country this winter:

1 – Ski Sleeping Giant. Located west of Cody near the east gate of Yellowstone National Park, Sleeping Giant Ski Area has 184 skiable acres with a total of 49 runs, a base elevation of 6,619 feet, vertical drop of 810 feet and an average snowfall of 150 inches. Regular season ski passes are $350 for adults, and one-day adult lift tickets are $36.

2 – Visit a Western treasure, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) was formed to preserve the legacy and vision of Buffalo Bill Cody. It is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West, and is comprised of five separate museums: Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum. The facility also includes the Harold McCracken Research Library. BBCW is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays during the months of December, January and February. Two-day admission purchased at the door is $19.50.

3 – Climb a waterfall. One of the highest concentrations of waterfall ice climbing in the U.S. is located along the South Fork of the Shoshone

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Winter serves as a stark reminder of the difficulties that faced Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain during WWII.

River just outside of Cody, and climbers from around the world travel to Cody to test their skills. Non-climbers are welcome to watch as the artful athletes make their slow treks up the ice. The 20th-annual Cody Ice Festival is scheduled for Feb. 8-11 and offers clinics for beginners, advanced climbers and women only.

4 – Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Visit the award-winning Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center, a Japanese internment camp which once housed nearly 14,000 Japanese-American citizens during World War II. This stop is especially poignant in the winter as visitors can truly appreciate the conditions endured by its Japanese-American residents. The Interpretive Center includes an exhibit depicting the typical barracks-style accommodations.

5 – Try some Nordic skiing. There are more than 30 miles of groomed ski trails between Sleeping Giant Ski Area and Pahaska Tepee Resort at Yellowstone’s eastern gate. Enjoy the quiet solitude of the forest and watch for wildlife. Skiers can bring their own lunches or purchase a hot lunch at the Grizzly Grill located in the friendly lodge at Sleeping Giant. Cross country skis can be rented in town.

6 – Ski and stay overnight in the Yellowstone Country wilderness. The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park operated by the Meeteetse Recreation District and located 22 miles southwest of Meeteetse offers more than 15 miles of groomed trails ranging from the gentle South Fork Trail to the challenging Brown Creek Trail. There is also a cabin on the South Fork Trail available for overnight lodging. There is no fee for skiing, but donations are encouraged to support trail maintenance. There is a minimum cabin donation of $30 per night and a two-night reservation limit.

7 – Watch the skaters. Winter enthusiasts who enjoy watching winter sports may take in a Yellowstone Quake Hockey Team game.  A non-profit, community-based organization, this Tier III Junior A hockey team is comprised of skilled players under the age of 20 who are preparing for advancement to a college program or other professional opportunities. The team plays at the Victor J. Riley Arena, and games are scheduled through mid-February.

8 – Be a skater. Outdoor ice-skating is available at Homesteader Park in Powell, and indoor skating is offered at the Victor J. Riley Arena and Community Events Center in Cody. Both locations provide ice skate rentals. Admission is $5, and skate rentals are $2. Outdoor skating at Homesteader Park is equipped with night lighting and a warming house. Skate rentals and concessions are available on the weekends.

9 – Ride a sled. Winter adventurers who like to feel the rush of cool air on their faces will find a special thrill in Yellowstone Country. There are plenty of places to explore throughout the forestlands outside the park borders on snowmobiles. Gary Fales Outfitting provides winter snowmobile excursions.

10 – Catch – and release – a trout. Yellowstone Country features some of the best blue-ribbon trout stream fishing in North America, and the fish do not know it is winter. Professional fishing guides and outfitters accommodate anglers of any ability.

11 – Shoot replicas of the guns shot by Buffalo Bill Cody. The new Cody Firearms Experience offers travelers a unique history lesson as well as a chance to test shooting skills. Guests shoot replicas of guns like the Indian Trade Musket and Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army Revolver in a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range. Packages start at $35, and special online pricing is available.

12 – Take a hike. Depending on the level of snow and the location, it is possible to enjoy a cold-weather hike with snowshoes or regular hiking boots. Cody Pathways is a system of multi-use trails surrounding the town. Travelers need not go far before they are in prime wildlife viewing territory. The road from Cody to the East Entrance of Yellowstone is full of wildlife-viewing opportunities. It is not unusual to spot moose, bison, elk, eagles and big horn sheep.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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Registration Opens for 20th-Annual Cody Ice Festival

 

CODY, Wyo., Nov. 15, 2017 – Registration has opened for the 20th-annual Cody Ice Festival scheduled for Feb. 8-11, 2018 in Cody/Yellowsto1ne Country. With a line-up of affordable clinics for beginners, experienced climbers and women only, the festival promises the biggest ice of any festival in North America.

The popular festival promotes safety, stewardship, education and camaraderie and includes ice climbing clinics by day and nightly speakers and presentations developed to inspire and encourage festival participants. In the evenings, there are nightly raffles for ice climbing gear and bottomless beer pours with the purchase of a pint glass.

“Whether you are an experienced ice climber or new to the sport, the Cody Ice Fest will help you take your climbing to the next level, and you’ll have fun in the process,” said Ari Novak, director of the Cody Ice Festival for the second year. “With climbing routes that are five and six pitches long, this is some of the biggest ice some climbers ever get to climb, and our instructors will help ensure that the experience is fun and memorable.”

 

Established in 1998, the festival offers world-class instruction through on-ice clinics in one of the most exciting ice climbing venues in the world. Nightly speakers include some of the most accomplished and inspiriting alpinists and ice climbers in the world.

Clinics

Each clinic is led by a top professional mountain guide and a professional athlete. Clinics range in price from $150 to $200, and there is also a free ice climbing day on Sunday priced at $25. Active members of the military and veterans receive a 10 percent discount off the price of the clinics.

The festival will include clinics for advanced climbers and beginners as well as all-female clinics taught by female athletes.

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The festival promotes safety, stewardship and more.

World-Class Ice Climbing Region

Ice routes can be found in the North and South Forks of the Shoshone, the region to the west of the town of Cody, Wyo. The South Fork of the Shoshone is home to the highest concentration of frozen waterfalls in the United States, with more than 200 climbable pitches within a 10-mile radius. Creatively named routes include “Broken Hearts,” a classic route that can be as long as seven pitches of ice climbing. Another route, “Mean Green,” offers 300 meters (approximately 3/16 of a mile) of climbable ice. “Miami Ice,” is a route made famous by world-renowned alpinist Alex Lowe, who lost his life climbing in Tibet. The single-pitch route is one of the most popular climbs in the region. Cody is home to plenty of long moderate and advanced ice routes offering a memorable experience for climbers of all abilities.

Commercially guided ice climbing made its debut in 2011 in Shoshone National Forest outside of Cody, Wyo. as the National Forest Service issued the first permits to outfitters to lead ice-climbing trips.

The region is comprised of porous volcanic soil that allows for easy water seepage. The mountains receive large amounts of snow that melts into a high number of drainages. These factors result in spring-fed waterfalls that are constantly regenerating themselves and freezing into high-quality ice climbs. Climbers are still discovering new waterfalls in the region, and some have made dozens of “first ascents” over the past few years.

More About the Festival

The Cody Ice Festival will offer participants discounted rates at Cody-area hotels and transportation to the climbs.

Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933.

What’s New and Notable in Cody/Yellowstone Country in 2018

 

CODY, Wyo., Oct. 12, 2017 – From the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to the 50th anniversary of Old Trail Town and Museum of the West, it’s been an eventful year for Cody/Yellowstone Country. And the pattern of notable anniversaries and milestones will continue into 2018 as this northwestern Wyoming region continues to draw increasing numbers of visitors from around the world.

“Cody/Yellowstone was built on the big dreams of legendary leaders who helped create a destination that inspires, educates and fascinates more than one million visitors annually,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm of the destination. “By tracking milestones and anniversaries of the region, we can better appreciate the quirks, legends and traditions that have made Yellowstone Country a world-renowned destination.”

What’s New and Notable in 2018:

  • 135th anniversary of the first Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill staged the first Wild West Show in Omaha, Neb. on May 19, 1883. With a proven knack for production and promotion, Cody persuaded top talents such as Annie Oakley to perform, and the show prospered. During 1899, for example, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was performed 341 times in 132 cities in 200 days. With tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, Buffalo Bill Cody became the most famous man in the world. A declining interest before World War I – due to popularity of motion pictures and sports as well as a general worldwide unease – eventually led to the show’s bankruptcy in 1913.
  • 30th anniversary of fires that impacted one-third of Yellowstone National Park along with large swaths of forest surrounding park borders. The fires – which burned perilously close to
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    The Yellowstone fires in 1988 burned close to one third of the park.

    some park structures – were fought by more than 25,000 people, and more than $120 million was spent on the efforts. Rain and snow finally stopped the advance of fires. The Greater Yellowstone fires of 1988 led to permanent changes in firefighting management, and it increased significantly the public’s understanding of fire ecology.

  • 10th anniversary of the delisting of the gray wolf in Wyoming. The story of the wolves in the West is a long one, and each new historic milestone can be traced to ever-evolving political priorities. In a nutshell: wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone Country in the early days of the park.  In 1974, the gray wolf was listed as endangered. In 1995 and 1996, 31 gray wolves from Canada were relocated to Yellowstone, beginning the repopulation of the species in the region. In 2008, wolves were removed from the endangered species list. The following year they were returned to the federal endangered species list due to a legal challenge. In 2012, wolves were again delisted. And in 2014, they were relisted. Currently, Wyoming wolves remain on the
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    The Cody Nite Rodeo will be celebrating 80 years.

    federal endangered species list.

  • 80th anniversary of the Cody Nite Rodeo. Known as the Rodeo Capital of the World, Cody visitors have been treated to the nightly summer-season spectacle of world-class rodeo since 1938. The first rodeo many visitors have ever experienced, Cody Nite Rodeo is where top rodeo performers demonstrate their skills in horsemanship and roping events like tie-down roping, barrel racing and steer-wrestling. Many events were inspired by the real-life skills Western ranching families needed to thrive on the rugged Wyoming frontier.
  • 20th anniversary of the Cody Ice Festival. Scheduled for Feb. 7 – 11, 2018, the popular festival promises the biggest ice of any ice-climbing festival in North America, with clinics for beginners and experts alike.
  • 25th anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center. The Buffalo Bill Dam was the world’s tallest concrete dam when it was completed in 1910, and the visitor center, built in 1993, celebrates this architectural and historic marvel.
  • 100th anniversary of National Park Service management of Yellowstone. The freshly minted National Park Service – a product of the Organic Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson

    – took over park operations from the U.S. Army in 1918.

  • 85th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Established in 1933 during the Great Depression with the dual goals of helping unemployed young men and improving and
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    The Cody Ice Festival features some of the country’s best climbing.

    protecting public lands, CCC enrollees had to be between 18 and 25 years old, unmarried, unemployed and with a family in need back home. In Wyoming, men improved infrastructure, built lodges and museums, protected wildlife and fought forest fires, including a deadly fire west of Cody in 1937 that killed nine men. CCC is credited with reviving and beautifying Yellowstone Country and ultimately reversing a decline in visitors to the region.

  • 80th anniversary of the Mammoth Post Office. Established in 1938, the park’s elaborate main post office was built in the French Renaissance Modern style using stone from a nearby quarry. Still in operation today, the building was one of more than one thousand post offices built in the 1930s, many of them similarly and intentionally ornamental.
  • 135th anniversary of the opening of the National Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Situated near the northern entrance to the park, the National Hotel opened for business in August 1883, and it quickly became the popular first stop for visitors arriving via the Northern Pacific Railroad. All but one wing of the hotel was demolished in 1936 and replaced by a lodge with a large lobby and portico and a separate building for a restaurant. That original wing is part of Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel today.
  • 135th anniversary of the construction of the Hole in the Wall Cabin. The hideout of outlaw Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, the two-room Hole in the Wall cabin is one of 26 frontier buildings on display at Cody’s Old Trail Town and Museum of the West.
  • 140th anniversary of River’s Saloon. Also on display at Old Trail Town the River’s Saloon was originally situated near present-day Meeteetse, Wyo. and it was a popular haunt among gold miners, cowboys and outlaws alike. Bullet holes that can still be seen in the door are a testament to the rough times on the Wyoming frontier. It is the oldest remaining saloon in northwest Wyoming.
  • 70th anniversary of reaching one million Yellowstone visitors in a calendar year. One million visitors traveled to the park in 1948. The park surpassed 4 million visitors in 2016.

Recapping 2017

This year’s milestones included the 100th anniversary of the death of Buffalo Bill Cody; 100th anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; 15th anniversary of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Center of the West; 50th anniversary of Old Trail Town and Museum of the Old West; and the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of 14,000 Japanese-Americans at the Heart Mountain Confinement Site near Cody.

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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County called “Cody/Yellowstone Country” was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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The Buffalo Bill Dam provides irrigation in the region.

10 Ways to Celebrate History in Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., Oct. 5, 2017 – The small town of Cody, Wyoming is a big destination for students of history, with an array of attractions that celebrate the larger-than-life personality and accomplishments of town founder Buffalo Bill as well as the colorful and sometimes sobering heritage of this classic Western town.

“Buffalo Bill Cody didn’t become the most famous man in the world by blending in, and his antics and accomplishments on display in museums and other attractions continue to provide Cody visitors with an accurate and entertaining look at the events that led to the development of our friendly little town,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council. “It’s not always about Buffalo Bill, though. By exploring the places where big things – good and bad — happened, you take home new lessons and insights that remain relevant in today’s world.”

Wade recommends these 10 history-revealing stops in Cody/Yellowstone Country:

The Irma Hotel

Built by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and named after his daughter, the Irma Hotel still hosts overnight guests and feeds hungry travelers. The hotel is an authentic Cody landmark that captures the essence of Western hospitality and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the prime rib, check out the fireplace Cody and his friends designed, have a drink at the Cherrywood bar England’s Queen Victoria gifted to her friend Buffalo Bill and tour the old hotel that doubled as Cody’s headquarters.

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The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is five museums under one roof.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Tour the five museums that comprise the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Founded in 1917 to preserve the legacy and vision of Buffalo Bill Cody, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the American West. Its five museums are the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and the Draper Natural History Museum. The facility also includes the Harold McCracken Research Library.

 

 

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Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center is located outside of town.

Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center

Visit the award-winning Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center. Located northeast of Cody, this Japanese-American internment camp housed 14,000 citizens during World War II. Exhibits paint a picture of citizens taken from their homes, uprooted and relocated to an unfamiliar place. A stop in winter is especially poignant as visitors can truly appreciate the bleak conditions endured by incarcerees.

 

Hemingway’s Local Hotel

The Chamberlin Inn hosted “Ernest Hemingway of Key West, Florida” in 1932 after he completed the manuscript for Death in the Afternoon, and the hotel has the original guest register with his signature to prove it. The author enjoyed fishing the Clarks Fork River by day and swapping stories with the locals in the Irma Bar at night. The room in which Hemingway stayed is available to overnight guests.

Pahaska Tepee

When he wasn’t entertaining the world in his Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill entertained his hunting pals – including Theodore Roosevelt and the Prince of Monaco – at his rustic lodge. Called Pahaska Teepee and located just outside the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the log lodge displays many gifts given to Cody by guests. Modern cabins, a restaurant and gift shop make this a great stop for travelers.

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The Cody Dug Up Gun Museum features several examples of old firearms found in unusual places.

Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

The fun and family-friendly Cody Dug Up Gun Museum houses a collection of relic guns and weapons throughout American history. This hidden gem is a must-see for travelers interested in the stories about how specific guns were unearthed.

Old Trail Town and Museum of the West

Cabins and gravesites at Old Trail Town and Museum of the Old West in this enclave of 26 authentic frontier buildings includes one used by Butch Cassidy and his infamous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. One of the town’s many gravesites belongs to Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston – portrayed by actor Robert Redford in the 1972 film.

 

The Meeteetse Bank Museum

Speaking of Butch Cassidy, he once lived in Meeteetse, and despite his reputation as a prolific and highly successful bank robber, he pledged not to rob the Meeteetse Bank so he and his friends would have a safe place to stash their ill-gotten cash. That bank is now the Meeteetse Bank Museum, and it still displays the original teller’s cage, vault and many other artifacts.

The Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

The Buffalo Bill Dam was once the tallest concrete dam in the world and a National Civil Engineering Landmark and was operational before Buffalo Bill Cody’s death in 1917. The visitor center’s exhibits show how the dam fulfilled the forward-thinking showman’s goal to bring a reliable water source to the Bighorn Basin.

Historic Cody Mural and Museum

The murals on display at the Cody Mural and Museum located in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints depict the history of Mormon pioneers who immigrated from Utah and Idaho to Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. There is also the massive Cody Mural on a domed ceiling telling the history of the first 70 years of the church.

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Cody/Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, Wyoming as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park. The one-time playground of Buffalo Bill Cody, Cody/Yellowstone Country is known for its world-class cultural attractions and recreational adventures. The region hosts nearly 1 million visitors annually.

The destination is home to an array of year-round attractions, and it offers easy access to the East and Northeast gates of Yellowstone National Park. Most visitors to Cody also visit Yellowstone.

Find out more at www.yellowstonecountry.org or by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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These Things Might Have Knocked Buffalo Bill Cody Off His Steed…Figuratively, of Course

CODY, Wyo., Aug. 25, 2017 – This year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Buffalo Bill Cody, a man who spent his life surprising those around him. He surprised a railroad with his hunting prowess, a queen with his charm, women and American Indians with his new-fashioned sense of fairness and tolerance and an entire town with his visionary restlessness. He was the quintessential self-reliant frontiersman, a pragmatist who was not easily surprised.
A lot can happen in a century, though, and some occurrences in his namesake town of Cody, Wyoming during the last century might just knock Buffalo Bill off his horse, figuratively speaking.
Here are some of them:
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The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a world-class facility.

The museum that bears his name is a world-class destination.
Just weeks after his death, Cody’s friends formed the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, which has morphed into the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five museums. Recently named the top Western Museum in the country by True West Magazine, museums include Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum and Cody Firearms Museum. Visitors come from throughout the world to wander the expansive galleries and rotating exhibits and witness cultural and historic events like the annual Plains Indian Powwow and Rendezvous Royale, a celebration of Western art.

 

 

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The American Bison has made a comeback.

The American Bison was rescued from extinction.
Buffalo Bill and other 1800s hunters dramatically depleted the free-roaming herds of bison. In one 18-month period in the late 1860s, Cody killed more than 4,000 bison to feed railroad workers. By 1901, there were only 25 bison in nearby Yellowstone National Park. Cody might be surprised that painstaking conservation efforts in Yellowstone and elsewhere were able to repopulate the species. Today, there are 4,000 bison in Yellowstone Country.
Wolves went and came.
Once abundant, the numbers of gray wolves had been steadily decimated by ranchers, hunters and Yellowstone National Park managers, and nine years after Buffalo Bill’s death, they were completely gone. Due to the relentless dedication of biologists, conservationist and others, however, wolves were returned to the park in 1995.
The newspaper he founded is still tops.
Buffalo Bill Cody and his associate John Peake established the Cody Enterprise in 1899, and the continuously operated semi-weekly newspaper has won many awards for journalistic excellence throughout itsThe American Bison has made a comeback. history.
We’re still talking about his grave.
Buffalo Bill wanted to be buried on Cody’s Spirit Mountain, but sad circumstances led to a Denver funeral and burial in a suburban monument that was recently named Colorado’s worst tourist trap. But many Cody residents to this day claim that his body is buried in an unmarked grave atop the Cody mountain. Here’s the story: His beleaguered widow made a deal with publicity-hungry politicians and the publisher of The Denver Post, who offered cash to keep his body in Colorado. Outraged, heartbroken friends traveled covertly to Denver to switch Buffalo Bill’s corpse with that of a lookalike ranch hand and quietly buried his body on top of the mountain that overlooks the town he built. Or so the story goes.
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Buffalo Bill’s very first Wild West Show, which he first staged in North Platte, Neb. in 1882, helped inspire professional rodeo as it is today. When the Wild West Show went on tour, the combination of skill and showmanship prompted audiences to romanticize and novelists to popularize life in the “Wild West.” Today, equestrians, cowboys and clowns perform their tricks and showcase their talents at the Cody Nite Rodeo, the longest running summer-season nightly rodeo in the U.S. This was the 98th year of the Cody Stampede, multiple days of rodeos during the July 4 holiday.
A dark spot in Cody’s history has prompted ongoing discussions of racial tolerance.
Buffalo Bill was ahead of his time in many ways, including his tolerant and fair treatment of American Indians and women. It might surprise him, then, that the U.S. government chose a bleak, windswept mountain just outside of Cody to imprison 14,000 Japanese-American citizens during World War II. The award-winning Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center reminds visitors of the heartbreaking challenges faced by incarcerees while urging them to ask themselves the question, “could this happen again?”
Cody has grown, but not that much.
There are now nearly 10,000 full-time residents of Cody. That’s downright urban compared to the town’s population of about 1,200 around the time of his death, but it is still a small town by most standards.
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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
Related hashtags:#YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming
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There are many miles of hiking trails throughout the region.

 

Fall Fun in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., Aug. 17, 2017 – Fall in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country heralds far more than colorful trees. During the months of September and October, visitors see fine Western art and meet the artists who created it. They hear the bugling elk and cowboy music. They taste locally made brews and meals created from regional ingredients. And they experience northwest Wyoming’s abundant outdoor adventures and cultural heritage.

“Fall is a season that is especially appreciated by mature audiences,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the tourism marketing arm for Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. “With kids back in school, Yellowstone Country becomes an adult playground that fills the senses with authentic Western pleasures.”

Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

Here’s what visitors to Yellowstone Country can expect in the fall:

Western art. The most prestigious event of the year in Cody is Rendezvous Royale, a week-long celebration of authentic Western art Sept. 16-23. Highlights of the week include a workshop about building a Thomas Molesworth-influenced coffee table, a 2½-day painting workshop, live art auction, quick draw event and a glamorous ball on the final night.

Wildlife. The forests, river valleys, mountains and canyons of Yellowstone Country are home to bears, elk, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, bison, pronghorn, deer, eagles, river otters and many other mammals, birds and other species.

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Fall wildlife viewing includes the elk rut.

Blue-ribbon trout fishing. Yellowstone Country is home to several top fishing spots including the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River. Cody is home to several fishing outfitters that can offer guides, maps and advice.

Fall bounty. Local and sustainable food offerings have continued to expand in Cody, resulting in several restaurants and stores that incorporate the bounty of northwestern Wyoming ranchers and farmers into their offerings. Not surprisingly, beef and bison are readily available, but many locations also offer freshly harvested produce and locally made beer and wine.

Hiking. Yellowstone’s bounty also extends to its hiking trails, which are numerous throughout the region. Local favorites include the Bluebird Trail on Bureau of Land Management land five miles from town. Cedar Mountain Trail, begins with a strenuous uphill climb, and hikers are rewarded with spectacular views from the summit. The Prickly Pear Trail is a paved walking trail that circles two lakes.

Rock climbing. The region is well-suited to climbing, with porous rock creating drainages and rock formations that appeal to climbers of all abilities. Conditions are typically good for rock climbing through October. Local outfitters lead classes and rock-climbing expeditions throughout the region.

Driving. Yellowstone Country road-tripping in the fall is a memorable way to enjoy fall color, with five scenic drives leading into Cody that take travelers past some of Wyoming’s most breathtaking valleys, mountain passes, rivers and forests.

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Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue continues through Oct. 7.

History. The Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center at the site of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp offers a glimpse of the lives of some 14,000 Japanese-American citizens who were interned there during World War II. Opened in August 2011, the center explores that difficult period of the country’s history with thoughtful exhibits that encourage visitors to ask the question “Could this happen today?”. The storied life of the town’s founder, Colonel William Frederick Cody, is presented in the recently reinstalled Buffalo Bill Museum, one of five museums that comprise the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. There are also museums dedicated to firearms, fine Western Art, the Plains Indians of the region and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Music. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue continues its performances of cowboy music, poetry and comedy Monday through Saturday night through Oct. 7. The Cody Cattle Company provides a casual evening at picnic tables with music and a chuckwagon dinner through Sept. 23.

Tours The Cody Trolley Tours’ “Best of the West” tour provides a terrific introduction to the destination. This informative one-hour tour covers 22 miles and helps orient visitors to where things are and what they might like to go back to see.

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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

Related hashtags: #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming

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How and Where to View the Solar Eclipse in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

CODY, Wyo., Aug. 7, 2017 – The biggest celestial event of the century is occurring in a few weeks, and residents and visitors in Wyoming will have front row seats.  
 
Although Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is slightly north of the total solar eclipse path that is cutting through the width of the state on August 21, viewing is still expected to be excellent. Cody is expecting a 98 percent obscuration rate, meaning that only a sliver of sun will be viewable as the moon passes in front.
 
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Beck Lake Park near the airport features asphalt trails around two reservoirs.

 “The unobstructed skies of Yellowstone Country are perfect for viewing the eclipse, and all eyes will be on the sky that morning,” said Claudia Wade director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “We recommend that locals and visitors alike grab their protective eclipse eyewear – which they can purchase for a nominal fee from the Cody Chamber of Commerce – and settle in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
 

Protective eyewear essential

Experts urge everyone who intends to experience the eclipse, regardless of location, to purchase protective solar eclipse eyewear. In Yellowstone Country, visitors and locals can purchase disposable glasses for $5. These glasses are an essential precaution to prevent the sun’s powerful rays from burning the retinas and potentially causing damage and even blindness.
 

Where to watch

Skygazers in Yellowstone Country have many options, from one of Cody’s city parks to remote Bureau of Land Management trails. Here are some suggestions.
 
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City Park is convenient for people already in town.

·        Beck Lake Park is a city park near the Yellowstone Regional Airport with two miles of asphalt trails encircling two large reservoirs. Points along the trail offer spectacular views of the town and beyond.  
 
·        Situated on the shore of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Buffalo Bill State Park is a good choice for boaters, campers, paddlers and anglers who want to combine a day of viewing with other outdoor fun. The brainchild of town founder Buffalo Bill Cody, the massive reservoir provides irrigation to the farms and ranches throughout the region.
 
·        Cody’s City Park is centrally located within steps of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and it is a good choice for travelers who plan to tour the town after the eclipse. The park features an outdoor stage that is often used for Cody’s many events and festivals as well as manicured grass for visitors to bring along a picnic.
 
·        The charming nearby town of Meeteetse is another possibility. The town may be the most fitting place for friends to meet for a viewing party because the name of the town is derived from an Indian phrase that means “meeting place.” The town’s old-fashioned wooden boardwalk lining both sides of main street will provide a fitting authentic Western backdrop such an unusual Wyoming experience.
 
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The solar eclipse will pass over Wyoming with Cody close to the complete blockage of the sun.

·        Four Bear Trail is a Bureau of Land Management area to the west of the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The trail – open to hikers and equestrians – summits at about 7,600 feet and offers spectacular views of the North Fork Shoshone River Valley and the volcanic spires and red rock formations of the region. Wildlife like golden eagles and bighorn sheep can often be viewed from the trail.
 
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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
 
Related hashtags:  #YellowstoneCountry #CodyWyoming #CenteroftheWest #BuffaloBill #Yellowstone #Wyoming  
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The Wolf Mine is part of Meeteetse Museums’ Annual Kirwin Tour.

What’s Ahead in Late Summer and Fall in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country; Events Showcase Region’s Legends, Local Talent and Western Traditions

 

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The “Great Dam Day” will showcase the Buffalo Bill Dam.

CODY, Wyo., July 21, 2017 –  A pilgrimage, fair, free concerts, art show and air show are in the line-up of fun events awaiting visitors to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country during the late summer and fall. The events reflect the authentic Western heritage and array of outdoor adventures in this small northwestern Wyoming town of 11,000 residents.
 
“What Cody lacks in population we make up in enthusiasm and creativity, and each one of these events reflects a massive investment of time and energy by dedicated planners,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “Many of our visitors are surprised at the high caliber of the festivities and the welcoming attitude of our locals. We are an open-arms community, and we work hard to ensure that our visitors leave town with great memories of their Western adventures.”
 
Comprised of the towns of Cody, Meeteetse and Powell and the East Valley of Yellowstone, here’s what’s planned for the coming months in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country:
 
Now through Aug. 12 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – The Cody Monologues: Famous & Infamous Women of the West. The Studio Theater at the Cody Center of the Performing Arts presents the stories of some of the more colorful women of Cody in this 75-minute play. Historical characters including an artist, author, “lady Doc,” lady of the evening and cowgirl from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show entertainingly present their life stories.
 
July 22 – Yellowstone Beer Fest. Scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m., proceeds from the non-profit Yellowstone Beer Fest are donated to local charities. The festival includes live music, food vendors and samplings of local and regional craft beers.

 

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The Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will take place July 28-30.

July 19 – 22 and 26 – 29 – Rocky Mountain Dance Theater presents: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The historic Cody Theater is the fitting location for this show, which has been playing Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. since late June. Dancers and actors portray the true story of Buffalo Bill Cody and famous Western characters such as Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickock.
 
July 28 – 30 – Heart Mountain Pilgrimage – This annual event sponsored by the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation at the site of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp includes panel discussions, banquet, documentaries and special exhibits about this camp where 14,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated during World War II.
 
Thursdays through Aug. 24 – Concerts in the Park. Cody’s City Park hosts free concerts Thursday evenings through the end of August. Every week there’s a different band performing a wide variety of music, like bluegrass, folk, country, blues, reggae and Americana.
 
July 29 – Historic Pitchfork Ranch Tour – Hosted by Meeteetse Museums, this tour of the historic Pitchfork Ranch is led by owner Lenox Baker and includes some of the ranch’s historic structures. Built in 1878, it is the second-oldest ranch in the state. The ranch helped owner Count Otto Franc von Lichtenstein launch his career as a cattle baron. There’s also a connection to Butch Cassidy, who launched his career as a notorious Western criminal when he stole his first horse from the ranch.
 
Aug. 5 – Cody Air Fair – The Yellowstone Regional Airport and Choice Aviation host this fair including pilot competitions and free aircraft rides for the kids.
 
Aug. 10 – Annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout – Organized by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Cody Shooting Complex, the shootout showcases the sport of shooting and the history of the country’s firearms industry.
 
Aug. 12 – Annual Kirwin Tour – Hosted by Meeteetse Museums, this tour offers an up-close look at the long-abandoned mining town of Kirwin, located high in the Absaroka Mountains. Participants will see the ghost town’s storage and shop facilities, cabins, sheds and machinery. A highlight of the tour is a short hike to view the foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin. Construction on the cabin ended when Earhart disappeared in 1937.
 
Aug. 12 – Plaza Diane Renaissance Fair – Powell’s popular Plaza Diane is the site of this fun family event that includes art projects, games, activities, food vendors, art exhibits and entertainment. Renaissance-themed costumes are encouraged.
 
Aug. 17 – Taste of Meeteetse – This free event showcases cuisine prepared by residents. Donations will benefit Meeteetse Christmas baskets and the Meeteetse Youth Works program.
 
Aug. 18 – 20 – Cody Wild River Fest – The Shoshone River is front and center during this family event featuring river games, fly fishing tournaments, food, music and river sports. Participants can learn ways to keep the river healthy through exhibits and presentations.
 
Aug. 19 – Wings ‘N Wheels Annual Fly-In & Car Show – Located at the Powell Municipal Airport, this event includes an air show, car show and array of vendors.
 
Aug. 19 – Great Dam Day showcases the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center with a hike down the “Old Dam Road” for a view below the dam, kids’ hike and lunch.
 
Aug. 21 – Great American Total Solar Eclipse – The Cody Visitor Center will be selling eclipse glasses for visitors who wish to see the solar eclipse, which will be viewable from Cody with only 98.05 percent obscuration.

 

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The solar eclipse will pass over Wyoming with Cody close to the complete blockage of the sun.

Aug. 25 – 26 – Cody Country Car Show – Classic cars, hot rods, custom vehicles and muscle cars will be on display at the Denny Menholt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC dealership. There will also be an organized cruise through town, barbecue, judging and awards.
 
Sept. 2 – Annual Chatelaine Quilt Guild Show – The work of local quilters will be on display at Meeteetse Museums through the middle of October. The exhibit includes three-dimensional as well as orthodox pieces.
Sept. 2 – Archaeology Fair – Organized by Meeteetse Museums, this event features archaeology activities at stations throughout town.
 
Sept. 2 – Meeteetse’s Annual Labor Day Celebration – Meeteetse has been celebrating Labor Day in a big way for more than 100 years. Events include a craft fair, parade, games, food, entertainment, sip-and-paint and the final rodeo in the Big Horn Rodeo Circuit.
 
Sept. 7 – 9 – Yellowstone Quilt Festival – Located in the Cody Auditorium, quilters from throughout the region celebrate the art of quilting with contests, a block challenge, raffle quilt, silent auction, vendors mall, exhibit and classes.
 
Sept. 8 – 9 – Trapper Stampede Rodeo – Northwest College in Powell competes in the Big Sky Region, long recognized as one of the toughest competitive regions in collegiate rodeo. Events include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping.
 
Sept. 8 – Homesteader Days Festival – Celebrating the days of homesteading and farming, the festival includes antique machinery demonstrations, farmers market, craft vendors, hay ride, food, music and entertainment.
 
Sept. 9 – Wyoming Desperados Regional Mounted Shooting Competition – Contestants from throughout the region compete in mounted shooting championships at the Park County Fairgrounds.
 
Sept. 18 – 23 – Rendezvous Royale – One of Cody’s biggest events of the year is this week-long celebration of Western art, studio tours, seminars and more. The capstone of the event is the 36th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale on Sept. 22 and Quick Draw Brunch on Sept. 23. This sale of Western-themed fine art includes a broad range of interpretations of the American West in original oil painting, watercolor, sculpture, ceramic and mixed media. The exhibition, housed in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is free for public viewing. Main events include a Friday-evening auction, Saturday-morning Quick Draw and Saturday-evening Patron’s Ball.
 
Sept. 24 – Black-footed Ferret Celebration – Hosted by Meeteetse Museums, this annual celebration on the anniversary of the 1981 rediscovery of the black-footed ferret includes a variety of free events. This year documentary filmmaker Virginia Moore will offer a preview of her documentary, “Ferret Town.”
 
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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
 
Related hashtags:
#YellowstoneCountry
#CodyWyoming
#CenteroftheWest
#BuffaloBill
#Yellowstone
#Wyoming
 
Media contact:
Mesereau Travel Public Relations
(970) 286-2751
mona@mesereaupr.com
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Exhibits at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center depict the incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Cody, Culture and Kids…Education Looks a Lot Like Fun in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

 

CODY, Wyo., June 27, 2017 – Once the textbooks and report cards are stored away for the summer, kids may think they’re done with all that learning business. In Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, there is no need to tell them otherwise. Because attractions in this northwestern corner of Wyoming disguise learning as fun.
 
With an array of “please touch” exhibits and wow-inducing displays that showcase the region’s history and Western spirit and introduce Cody’s larger-than-life town founder, area museums and other attractions will resonate for learners of all ages long after they return home.
 
 “Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions are a terrific complement to our destination’s outdoor adventures like rodeo, fishing and horseback riding,” said Claudia Wade, director of the Park County Travel Council, the marketing arm for the region. “The common denominator for all these cultural attractions is that they capture and showcase the spirit of the American West. And many of the experiences can be directly traced back to the influence of the town’s visionary founder, Buffalo Bill Cody.”
 
Here are examples of Yellowstone Country’s family-friendly cultural attractions.
 

The Plains Indian Museum in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a true learning experience.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) – Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a world-renowned cultural powerhouse. The Buffalo Bill Museum features wall-sized displays and interactive exhibits spotlighting the showman’s life and times, including the legendary Wild West Show. The Draper Museum of Natural History inspires youthful adventurers with displays that showcase the sights, sounds and even the smells of the region with interactive, innovative exhibits. The center also includes the Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and Whitney Western Art Museum, all with exhibits that will prompt the imagination of youthful visitors. The museum also hosts special events like the Plains Indian Powwow, an annual June event that showcases the talents of dancers, drum groups and artists from Northern Plains tribes.
 
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center – Children may still not fully understand why thousands of Japanese-Americans lived in internment camps during World War II, but they will remember how they lived after seeing this powerful, award-winning museum situated at the site of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp. Designed to resemble the typical barracks-style accommodations that housed its 14,000 internees, the center depicts how families lived in poorly lit rectangular buildings, slept on cots and endured a harsh climate and lack of privacy. There are also displays highlighting poignant stories of friendship, endurance and patriotism.
 
Old Trail Town/Museum of the Old West – Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this enclave of 26 authentic frontier buildings includes one used by Butch Cassidy and his infamous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. One of the town’s many gravesites belongs to Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston – portrayed by actor Robert Redford in the 1972 film. There is a built-in teaching moment too as young visitors are often heard commenting about how small the houses were back then.

The Irma Hotel’s cherrywood bar was a gift from Queen Victoria.

 
Irma Hotel – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and celebrating its 115th anniversary this year, the Irma Hotel was built by Buffalo Bill and named for his daughter. The hotel’s famous room-long cherry wood bar – still in use today in what is now the hotel dining room – was presented to Buffalo Bill by England’s Queen Victoria.
 
Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center – Completed in 1920, the Buffalo Bill Dam was once the tallest concrete arch dam in the world, and its visitor center showcases not only the dam’s masterful engineering but also emphasizes its impact on tourism and agriculture in the valley. Kids with a penchant for science will learn how water was as much a concern in the days of Buffalo Bill Cody as it is in the West today.
 
Pahaska Tepee – Children whose imagination is sparked by stories of the American West will love stepping inside Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge, Pahaska Tepee. Buffalo Bill brought his hunting pals – including Theodore Roosevelt and the Prince of Monaco – to this rustic lodge just outside of the East entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Cody was nicknamed “Long Hair” by American Indians in the region, which in their tongue was pronounced “Pahaska.”
 
Cody Mural Visitor Center – Budding artists will enjoy a peek at the murals on display at the Cody Mural Visitor Center located in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The center features an extensive exhibit of paintings and displays that depict the history of Mormon pioneers who immigrated from Utah and Idaho to Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. There is also the massive Cody Mural on a domed ceiling depicting the history of the first 70 years of the church.
 
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum – Opened in 2009, this museum displays hundreds of relic guns and weapons used throughout American history. The museum is located right in the center of town and is a fun and family-friendly stop.
 
Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue – Hailing from Nashville, singer Dan Miller and his Empty Saddles Band entertain crowds with cowboy songs, poetry and jokes. Presented six nights a week during the summer, the show – which includes an optional dinner – exposes children to a variety of Western music, from cowboy ballads to silly love songs.
 
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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself.
 
Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
 
Related hashtags:
#YellowstoneCountry
#CodyWyoming
#CenteroftheWest
#BuffaloBill
#Yellowstone
#Wyoming
 
Media contact:
Mesereau Travel Public Relations
(970) 286-2751
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tom@mesereaupr.com

Old Trail Town turns 50.

Summer of Milestones in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

 

CODY, Wyo., June 22, 2017 – The summer season in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is in full swing, and this year is expected to be especially festive, with milestone anniversaries at some of the famous town’s most beloved attractions.

One of the anniversaries this year is the centennial of Buffalo Bill Cody’s death. The legendary showman’s death in Denver on January 10, 1917 and his controversial June burial – funded by The Denver Post and local legislators – is still a matter of legend and intrigue today. Some long-time Cody residents are convinced the town’s founder is buried on Cody’s Cedar Mountain – as was his wish — not in a grave in suburban Denver.

Other anniversaries and milestones in Cody include:

  • 100th anniversary of the formation of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, which started the Buffalo Bill Museum, the first of five museums of Buffalo Bill Center of the West.Formed just weeks after Cody died, the association’s modest museum has morphed into a world-class facility with five museums and an acclaimed research library under one massive roof. The museums include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is five museums in one.Western

    The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is five museums in one.

    Art Museum and Cody Firearms Museum. The Center is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Center was recently named the “Top Western Museum” by True West magazine.

  • 50th anniversary of Old Trail Town. This enclave of 26 authentic frontier buildings includes one used by Butch Cassidy and his infamous Wild Bunch Gang. One of the town’s many gravesites belongs to Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston – portrayed by actor Robert Redford in the 1972 film “Jeremiah Johnson.”
  • 15th anniversary of the Draper Natural History Museum. With internationally acclaimed exhibits focusing on the ecology and natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Draper museum’s exhibits are presented as the “Greater Yellowstone Adventure,” with three interconnected galleries – the Expedition Trailhead, Alpine-to-Plains Trail and Seasons of Discovery. The Draper was the first

    The Irma Hotel is 115 years old.

    American natural history museum established in the 21st century.

  • 115th anniversary of the Irma Hotel. In 1902, seven years after he founded the town of Cody, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody built the Irma Hotel on the town’s then main street – 12th Street – and named it after his youngest daughter. The Irma is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

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Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.

The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself.

 

Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.

 

Related hashtags:

#YellowstoneCountry

#CodyWyoming

#CenteroftheWest

#BuffaloBill

#Yellowstone

#Wyoming

 

Media contact:

Mesereau Travel Public Relations

(970) 286-2751

mona@mesereaupr.com

tom@mesereaupr.com