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If you are searching for a taste of the real American West, Cody, Wyoming is a good place to start. The city was founded by the most authentic representative of the Old West, Colonel, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. His name still conjures up guns, buckskins, horses and the Old West.

Arland Tour

Arland Tour

The ghost town of Arland has a unique and violent past. It was a bloody town, where a number of people died violent deaths. One of the local residents was Belle Drewry. Known as the “Woman in Blue”, Drewry became involved in a love triangle that ended in murder. Other prominent citizens were Bill Gallagher, “Blind Bill” Hoolihan, Broken Nose Jackson, Bill Landon, Rose Williams, and Will Wheaton. Many of these individuals are reported to have died in a “web of lawlessness, romance, intrigue and murder.” Meeteetse Museums hosts an annual tour every first Saturday in October. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, wear walking or hiking shoes, and bring drinking water. Car-pooling is encouraged. A high clearance vehicle is also recommended. This tour also includes a trip to the Old Meeteetse Cemetery. Free admission.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center

The Buffalo Bill Dam was the tallest dam in the world when completed in 1920 and is a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The visitor center offers educational exhibits about the building of the dam and bringing water to the Bighorn Basin. RV parking is available and a shuttle service is provided to the center. Travel information, Cody event tickets, public restrooms, and breathtaking views are just a few of the reasons to visit the Buffalo Bill Dam & Visitor Center. Located 6 miles west of Cody on Hwy 14/16/20. May & Sept: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm; June-Aug: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, Free Admisssion.

6 miles West of Cody | (307) 527-6076 | Visit Official Website

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Irma Hotel from the outside

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel

On November 1, 1902, Colonel William F. Cody opened this landmark hotel named for his daughter, Irma. The Victorian-style hotel has been visited by royalty, business and political leaders since its founding. The dining room is graced by a priceless cherry wood bar which was a gift from the Queen of England. The hotel operates year round and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cody - In town | (307) 587-4221 | Visit Official Website

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Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

Stroll through history while viewing over a thousand relic guns & other weapons from many different time periods and locations including the War of Independence, the Gold Rush Era, the US Civil War, the Old West & Indian Wars, World War I, the Roaring 20s, and World War II. Open May through September: daily,  9am-9pm. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-3344 | Visit Official Website

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Gun fighters in the street

Cody Gunfighters

A group of Old West street theatre performers depict a gunfight in historical costumes. Characters with names like Wild Bill Hickok, Ike Clanton, Wyatt Earp, Emmett Dalton, Lottie, Rooster and others come to life in the street in front of Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel. Good guys and bad guys bring the Old West alive for your entertainment. Shows June through September: Mon-Sat, 6pm Free admission.

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-4221 | Visit Official Website

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Cody Trolley Tours

Narrators, historical photos and audio clips share the story of Buffalo Bill’s town in the Rockies. Old and new attractions are highlighted. Give them an hour and they’ll give you one hundred years! Open daily Mid-May through September. Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with additional 1:00 p.m. tour during peak season. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Cody Trolley booth located on the porch of the Irma Hotel, Cody Visitor Center and various hotels and campgrounds.

Cody - In Town | (307) 527-7043 | Visit Official Website

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Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center

The Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center tells the stories of Japanese Americans confined there during World War II. The National Historic Site includes a museum, original camp structures, walking trail and military memorial. Located between Cody and Powell along Hwy 14A, off Road 19 Open May 15 through September: daily, 10am-5pm October through May 14: Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm Adults $7 Seniors/Students $5 12 & younger free. Call for group rates.

Powell, 14 miles East of Cody | (307) 754-8000 | Visit Official Website

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Sample Mural - Cody Mural Visitor Center

Historic Cody Mural and Museum

Recently renovated and beautifully painted Grigware mural in the LDS church rotunda, depicts scenes from the colonization of the West and settling of the Big Horn Basin. New interactive exhibits and memorabilia displays. Open June through August: Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm, Sun 3-7pm September 1 through 15: Mon-Sun, 10am-4pm. Free admission.

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-3290 | Visit Official Website

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Log cabin - Historic Double Dee Tour

Historic Double Dee Guest Ranch Tour

The historic Double Dee Guest Ranch, located in the beautiful mountains of the Shoshone National Forest, was established by Carl Dunrud in 1931 and operated as a dude ranch through 1942. Many famous guests stayed there, including Amelia Earhart. The ranch has recently been the focus of a major rehabilitation effort led by the US Forest Service and HistoriCorps, an organization whose mission is to save historic places. The tour is led by Jim Dunrud, a son of Carl Dunrud. Jim offers up the real history of the ranch, tells about the famous guests, and describes what life was life on the ranch during its heyday. Meeteetse Museums hosts this FREE guided tour every third Sunday in July at 9 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Car-pooling is encouraged. The museum will assist in arranging rides for those without four-wheel-drive. Participants are asked to bring a lunch, water, and to wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Homesteader Museum

Step back in time and experience the bygone eras of the early to mid 20th century. Explore the world of pioneers, visit renovated homesteader cabins, climb aboard a caboose, enjoy special exhibits and much more. Join the fun at Homesteader Days, the first Saturday after Labor Day. Open April through May: Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm June through December: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm June through August: Sat, 10am-2pm. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Powell - In Town | (307) 754-9481 | Visit Official Website

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Kirwin Tour Building

Kirwin Ghost Town Tour

The ghost town of Kirwin is an isolated, abandoned, mining town located in the Absaroka Mountains. Gold was discovered there in 1885 and it quickly became well established with a population of approximately 200. In 1907 a savage snowstorm struck, creating an avalanche killing three of its townspeople. When the storm cleared, the people of Kirwin left with only what they could carry. Many historic structures still remain today allowing visitors a glimpse into the past. High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles are required. The Meeteetse Museums offer a FREE guided tour of Kirwin every second Saturday in August. The tour leaves Meeteetse Museum at 8 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Tour members should bring chairs, weather-appropriate clothing, and a lunch. Pre-registration is NOT required. However, if you do not have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, the museum will help you find a ride with someone who does. Participants may also take a short hike to view the beginning foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin, intended to be her summer home. Construction ended in 1937 when the famous aviatrix disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Medicine Lodge Creek Pictograph Tour

Meeteetse Museums hosts this FREE (and discounted for the Washakie Museum) tour of the Medicine Lodge Creek State Archaeological Site every Fourth Saturday in August. Archaeologist Dr. Larry Todd leads the tour of this ancient pictograph site near Hyattville.Those taking part in the tour meet at Meeteetse Museums by 8:00 a.m where they register. The tour leaves at 8:30. Participants may also meet up with the tour group at the site at 10 a.m. and register then, if this is more convenient.The tour at Medicine Lodge lasts until sometime after lunch. Participants may then elect to continue the tour with Dr. Todd at the Colby Mammoth Kill Site and the Washakie Museum and Cultural Center at Worland. There is a discounted entry fee to the Washakie Museum. The Colby Mammoth Kill Site dates back 11,000 years and is one of the largest Clovis mammoth kill sites in North America. The Washakie Museum features exhibits on the natural, prehistory, and more recent history of the Big Horn Basin. Participants are encouraged to car-pool and to bring a picnic lunch.

Meeteetse - Out of Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Meeteetse Museum

Meeteetse Museums

Meeteetse Museums is comprised of three museums – the Meeteetse Museum and Charles Belden Museum of Western Photography located at 1947 State Street, and the Bank Museum, located at 1033 Park Ave., which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museums contain an extensive collection of historic items and archives from the town of Meeteetse, the Greybull and Wood River valleys and southern Park County. Featured items include photographs and personal effects of Charles Belden (who documented life on the famous Pitchfork Ranch during the early twentieth century), “Little Wahb,” one of the largest grizzly bears taken in the Yellowstone ecosystem, Mike Crocker’s “Grand Slam” of North American wild sheep, antique sheep wagons, and the endangered Black-Footed Ferret Exhibit. Programming includes permanent and temporary exhibits, educational seminars, culturally-based entertainment, and organized tours to significant archaeological and historical destinations near Meeteetse. Open February through April: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm May through October: Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm November through December 22: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm Closed January. Free admission.

Meeteetse - In Town | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Old Trail Town & Museum

Old Trail Town & Museum of the Old West

Step back in time to the Old West of the 1890s. Located on the original town site of Cody City, Old Trail Town features 26 authentic, old west structures furnished with artifacts and antiques of the day. Visit the gravesites of Jeremiah “Liver-Eating” Johnston along with other notorious characters. Get the feel of yesterday at this one-of-a-kind museum for the entire family. Open May 15 through September: daily, 8am-7pm. Adults $9 Seniors $8 Children 6-12 years $5 Children 5 & younger free.

Cody - In town | (307) 587-5302 | Visit Official Website

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Pahaska Tepee Resort - Outside view

Pahaska Tepee Lodge

Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s original 1904 historic hunting lodge, is nestled among the pines just east of Yellowstone at the foot of the majestic Cody Peak. It is a beautiful, two-story log lodge that is on the National Historic Register. Tours daily June through August, 8:30am-4pm.  

50 miles West of Cody | (307) 527-7701 | Visit Official Website

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Plains Indian Museum Powwow

The Plains Indian Powwow takes place in Cody each June. Visitors from around the world are drawn to the vibrant colors and the rhythmic beating drums of the Indian pow wow. A “pow wow”, meaning medicine man, showcases traditional costumes, dances and singers. Authentic Indian jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, clothing, basketry, pottery, paintings, sculpture and more are available for purchase as well as fry bread and Indian tacos.  

Cody - In Town | (307) 587-4771 | Visit Official Website

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Powell High School Veterans Memorial Park

Powell High School joined with local veterans to build a memorial honoring Powell’s war veterans for years to come. Photos and biographies of 32 local veterans are featured. Located at the corner of Road 10 and U.S. Hwy 14A

Powell - In Town | (307) 754-6971 | Visit Official Website

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Monument at Wyoming State Veteran Memorial Park

State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park

This beautifully landscaped park features the Wyoming Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, a World War II monument and the Sate of Wyoming Korean War Memorial. Ample parking and seating is available as well as picturesque plantings. Located at the intersection of 26th Street and Hwy 14/16/20

Cody - In town | (307) 587-0400 | Visit Official Website

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