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Our Kind of Competition

July 27th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here in Cody – for that matter, here in Wyoming – we have a healthy respect for guns, gun safety and firearms in general.

Hunting has been a way of life for most people here, and for many of our ancestors it was essential for survival. When I grew up all of my friends and I received “the talk” from our parents about what to do if we came across a gun (don’t touch it, tell an adult immediately) and were instructed on proper handling and shooting once we were old enough.

Guns aren’t toys. We don’t own guns to be cool, and people who just leave them lying around in the open or otherwise mishandle them are told to straighten up.

We take gun safety seriously and are completely flabbergasted when see the way some people treat firearms. Who in their right mind would actually shove a loaded pistol down the front their pants? What could possibly go wrong?

All of my lessons returned to me this week as I began to prepare earnestly for the 22nd Annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout which will be held Aug. 6-8, 2015 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum and at the Read More


Moving Ground in Yellowstone Country

July 17th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

We have a lot of thermal activity here in Yellowstone Country.

Old Faithful’s eruptions varies from 51 to 120 minutes

Inside Yellowstone National Park (around here we just call it “The Park”) is the world’s largest concentration of geysers and other thermal features totaling in the 10,000 neighborhood. Everybody knows about Old Faithful, but many people are surprised to find so many other geysers as well as fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots scattered throughout the park.

Here in Cody we also have our share of thermal features, and I’m not talking about our “hot” cowboy musicians. Back in the early 1800s, John Colter was a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition who went on side trips. Colter made his way in what are now Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He also made it to what is now our humble town of Cody, where he came upon thermal activity that became known as “Colter’s Hell.”

In 1807 John Colter discovered an active geyser district: steam mixed with sulfur fumes and shooting flames escaped through vents in the valley floor. This is now known as Colter’s Hell

Heat and the smell of sulfur lend themselves to colorful nicknames. That thermal area is Read More


What Happened in Yellowstone Country a...

July 6th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The Fourth of July holiday parade is one of the biggest events in Cody, Wyoming every year, and one of the things that is especially exciting is finding out who was selected to be the parade grand marshal. The honor of grand marshal has been bestowed on many recognizable individuals – John Wayne, Bobby Allison, Steven Seagal and Chuck Yeager, to name a few. Chances are, though, you haven’t heard of this year’s grand marshal, but his selection has had me brushing up on my Cody history. I thought you might like hearing about what I learned.

2015 Cody Stampede Parade Grand Marshal Chief Joseph Medicine Crow High-Bird.

Our 2015 Grand Marshal was Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow. He is 101 years old and is the only living person to receive the oral history from the Custer Battlefield. His grandfather was a scout for General Custer. What was it like to live in Yellowstone Country when Dr. Medicine Crow was a youngster? I found some clues in “The Cody Club 1900-1999,” a book about the history of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce.

To put it literally, it’s been a rough road.

1914 – The year Dr. Medicine Crow was born, the Cody Club Read More


Happy Memorial Day

June 1st, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Monday, May 25, was a day of many emotions for me.

Like most people in Cody, Wyoming and around the country, I view Memorial Day weekend as the start of summer. Yes, I know there is close to a month to go until the solstice, but by then we will be in full summer mode complete with barbecues, rodeos, swimming, hiking, casting a fly and all of the other things we dream about in January.

This past holiday weekend saw me making a couple of slow loops through Cody on foot to look for old friends I had not seen for a while, to check out the latest summer fashions at my favorite shops and to make note of the improvements to our storefronts. Many business owners set the weekend as their deadline for new coats of paint, flowers, lights and any other projects they have in mind. In a great year I get lucky and Dan Miller has a new poster displayed at the theater of him and his Empty Saddles Band.

Cody’s Memorial Day Ceremony drew a large crowd.

I then took some time to soak up the sun on a patio and enjoy lunch in the open air. The linksters Read More


Get your Quirk on in Buffalo Bill’s...

March 26th, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Some of my friends think I’m, well, unusual. I believe the best ice cream flavor is anything but vanilla; I choose cars painted in colors not found in nature (presently highlighter yellow); my fashion choices often combine classic cowgirl, Grandma’s lace and ‘60s mod; and my decorating style is what my friends kindly call “eclectic.” So it is only fitting that I live in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

Cody’s Trolley Tour will take you through 100 years of history.

 Many towns claim to be unique, but Cody takes being unusual to a whole new level. I call that level quirky. No other town that I know of has such a strange and wonderful mix of sights and experiences.

The famous Cherrywood bar at the Irma Hotel.

Here are just a few examples of the quirkiest of Cody’s experiences:

Savor a key lime truffle handmade by a saddle bronc rider. Rock the Cowboy Boogie in the one-time home of a successful madam with a heart of gold. Eat Rocky Mountain Oysters at a room-long bar that was presented to Buffalo Bill Cody by Queen Victoria. Learn about gun safety from a wacky group of local actors with a penchant for to-the-hilt dressing in old-timey cowboy clothes. See Read More

It’s True. And we Have the Awards to...

December 5th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

Our little slice of heaven here in Cody, Wyo. just received four awards from one of my favorite magazines – True West.

I have read this publication whenever possible for as long as I can remember. Even the name of the magazine gets straight to the essence of our existence. It reminds me of the time I visited a friend in New Hampshire who was incredibly proud of his collection of Yankee magazines.

If Buffalo Bill Cody were alive today he would, at the very least, be a regular columnist if not the editor and publisher of True West.

The historic Irma Hotel years ago.

True West has published since 1953. Its mission is to “capture the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America’s frontier history comes to life in True West, the world’s oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.”

The magazine’s annual Heritage Travel Guide recognizes readers’ and editors’ favorite towns, parks, forts, hotels, saloons and restaurants.

Cody winners this year include Editor’s Choice for “Best Old West Town to Live In,” “Best American Indian Collection – Buffalo Bill Read More


Quick Quiz from Cody: Guess Which State...

November 7th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Well, now that this round of elections is over I can watch television again. Or at least I don’t have to hit the mute button and go clean something in the other room during commercials.

In the last few weeks, I was reminded of the first woman elected governor in this country and how she did not even campaign. Of course, she was elected governor of the great state of Wyoming.

Wyoming State Capital, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Nellie Tayloe Ross was born November 29, 1876 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the sixth child and first daughter of James and Blair Tayloe.

Nellie spent her first seven years in St. Joseph until the family moved to Miltonvale, Kansas where she graduated from high school. After graduation, the Tayloes moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she taught piano, attended teachers college and spent four years teaching kindergarten.

Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross

In 1890 she met William Bradford Ross, an attorney whom she married in 1892. The Rosses moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming shortly after their marriage where William Ross opened a law practice and became involved with the Democratic Party. Ross ran for various offices but was defeated each time.

In 1922, however, Ross ran for governor of Wyoming and won. Read More


Honoring the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame...

October 21st, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Living in the least densely populated state in the Lower 48, we here in Wyoming have a different perspective compared to other parts of the country. With just six people per square mile, it is easy to appreciate everything nature and the outdoors offer.

Even with the sweeping views of Yellowstone Country, seemingly unlimited trails and trout streams, ability to get away from technology and never ending experiential leisure opportunities, it is tempting to think our resources are inexhaustible.

That is hardly the case. As the state with the country’s first national park, first national forest and first national monument, Wyoming has a long history of conservation and of forward-thinking individuals who have worked to keep the state in good condition for generations to come.

Wide open spaces are part of Cody/Yellowstone Country.

We take things so seriously that we have the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame (WYOHOF) which is operated by Wyoming Wildlife – The Foundation (now a component fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation). According to its web site, this is “a charitable, non-advocacy organization dedicated to conservation education and the funding and management of projects that benefit Wyoming wildlife. Since the year 2000, we have developed many trusted partnerships that Read More


Halfway Through Summer in Cody, Wyoming

July 22nd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

While the official halfway point of the summer is in early August since summer officially starts June 21 and officially ends September 21, I know better. Summer starts Memorial Day weekend and ends Labor Day weekend.

That makes midsummer right about…now, and I would like to report that the first half of this summer in Cody, Wyoming has been terrific with the forecast for continued fun and classic western experiences.

Kids gather round the rodeo clown after chasing two calves in the rodeo arena.

Here are some of the highlights for me so far.

1) My nephew won the prize for catching the calf at the Cody Nite Rodeo. Every year he has given it his best effort, and this was finally the year it paid off. If you have never seen 100 kids trying to get the bandana tied to a calf’s tail in the rodeo arena you are missing out.

2) The runoff has been high and the rafting fast. I ran a section of the North Fork of the Shoshone River in near-record time and was happy that I scheduled the longer run farther down river. It was a hot day, and the water never felt better.

3) I attended the National Read More


Surprising Cody, Wyoming

June 27th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Those people who might think there is nothing surprising about Cody, Wyoming didn’t see the T-Rex rolling down Sheridan Avenue last week.

Try your luck on our water

Like many Wyoming towns, Cody, Wyoming is full of surprises. Last week we saw a 28-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex travel through town on the way to its new home at the Casper College Tate Geological Museum. You couldn’t exactly miss the bronze sculpture as it was traveling by truck to Cody. An oddity, certainly, but if you’ve lived in Cody as long as I have nothing really surprises you.

Pioneer home ordered from Sears catalog

Visitors to Cody, Wyoming will find we have a few other surprises up our sleeves. Here are a few examples. You’ll hear about many of these surprising fun facts about Cody if you take the Cody Trolley Tour of the town, a popular tour for vacationers and locals alike.

Cody, Wyoming is home to three pioneer homes that were ordered from a Sears Catalog in 1908.

One of Cody’s banks was robbed by members of the famous Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in 1904, and you can see their hideaway cabin at Old Trail Town, a collection of cabins and other Read More