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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.

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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 , Meeteetse | (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 Admission.

Cody, 6 miles West of Cody | (307) 527-6076 | 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 Admission.

Cody, 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. You can stay in renovated rooms that housed some of the most famous personalities the world has ever known. You can even stay in Buffalo Bill’s private suite or in a host of other historic and non-historic rooms. All have modern bathrooms and air conditioning. 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. No Pets.

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

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Pistol from the Dug up Gun Museum

Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

Stroll through history while viewing hundreds of 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 daily May-September, 9am-9pm. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Cody, 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-September Mon-Sat at 6pm. Free admission.

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

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Sample Mural - Cody Mural Visitor Center

Cody Mural Visitor Center

The magnificent Cody Mural covers a domed ceiling of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The mural is 36 feet in diameter and 18 feet to the top of the dome. Perfectly blended into the mural are selected historical scenes from the first seventy years of the Church. In an adjoining part of the building, displays and art tell the story of the colonization of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming. June-Aug: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 3-7pm; Sept 1-15 Mon-Sun 10am-4pm. Free admission.

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

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Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center

Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center

The Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center teaches the timeliness of the moving stories of those incarcerated at Heart Mountain during World War II and includes exhibits that showcase the denial of basic rights to people of Japanese ancestry by the U.S. government following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of the internees, exhibits highlight their pre-war lives on the West Coast, forced evacuation and travel to Heart Mountain, and where they settled into their barracks and lives as prisoners. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark can also take a self-guided walking tour of the site. ADA accessible. Located between Cody and Powell along Hwy 14A, off Road 19. Open daily June 1 – October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open Wednesday – Saturday October 15 – May 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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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Log cabin - Historic Double Dee Tour

Historic Double Dee Tour

The historic Double Dee 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 , Meeteetse | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Homesteader Musuem

Homesteader Museum

Step back in time and experience a bygone era. The museum covers one city block and includes two renovated pioneer cabins, a caboose to climb aboard and much more! Join the fun at Homesteader Days, the first Saturday after Labor Day. Open Mid-March-May: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; June-Dec: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; June-Sept: Sat 10am-2pm; Jan-Mid-March by appointment only. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Powell, Powell, Wyoming | (307) 754-9481 | Visit Official Website

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Kirwin Tour Building

Kirwin 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 , Meeteetse | (307) 868-2423 | Visit Official Website

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Medicine Lodge Creek pictograph tour - tourists admiring scenery

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 , Meeteetse | (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. Open Feb-April: Tues-Sat 10am-3pm; May-Oct: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun12-4pm; Nov-Dec 22 Tues-Sat 10am-3pm; closed January. Free admission.

Meeteetse , Meeteetse | (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. May 15-Sept open daily 8am-7pm. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children 6-12 years $4, 5 & younger free.

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

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Pahaska Tepee Resort - Outside view

Pahaska Tepee Resort

Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill’s spectacular historic lodge, is nestled among the pines just east of Yellowstone at the foot of the majestic Cody Peak. Pahaska is a complete mountain community offering modern cabin style rooms, a full service bar and restaurant, gift shop, fuel, convenience store, horseback riding (June through August), trout fishing, and cross-country skiing (December through March). Pet friendly.

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

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Representing member from Plains Indian Powwow

Plains Indian 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. Phone: 307-587-4771. http://www.bbhc.org/explore/events/powwow/

Cody, Cody - In town | (307) 587-4771

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Powell High School Veterans Memorial Park

Powell High School teachers and students joined with local veterans in building the memorial, ensuring Powell’s veterans are honored for years to come. The memorial contains plaques that feature photos and biographies of 32 local veterans who were prisoners of war or killed in action.

Powell, Powell, Wyoming | (307) 754-9417 | 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.

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

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Tecumseh's Old West Miniature Village and Museum

Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum

Thousands of miniature figures trace the history of Wyoming and Montana from the 1600s to the late 1890s at the indoor village located near the Cody rodeo grounds and Old Trail Town. A train winds through the scenes, and visitors can push a button to operate it. Recordings and a map will help guide you through this unique exhibit. The museum section of the complex includes thousands of Western and Indian artifacts, including full size wildlife mounts, guns of the frontier and fur trade artifacts. The Old West Miniature Village and Museum is located inside Tecumseh’s Frontier Trading Post. June-Aug open daily 9am-7pm; May & Sept 9am-5pm; Oct-April call for information. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Cody, Cody - In town | (307) 587-5362 | Visit Official Website

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