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A Ghostly Adventure at the Irma Hotel…

February 11th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

The Irma Hotel in Cody is haunted.  No, really!

Now, I’m a pretty level-headed gal, and have personally never seen anything “other-worldly” – but if you ask the members of the Wyoming Area Paranormal Society, they’ll tell you that at least one ghost haunts the famous Irma Hotel, and they’ve got scientific proof!

The stories of Buffalo Bill’s ghost haunting the Irma have been going around for years.  But Mike Darby, whose family owns the hotel, says that when they bought the place 22 years ago they didn’t know a thing about it!  It was only after they purchased the historic building that they started hearing stories about strange phenomenon – like waitresses seeing people in dining room booths, then finding no one there when they went back to that table; or feeling someone touching them when there was no one around…  What’s more, visitors staying in Room 35 over the years have reported very visible disturbances – the water in the bathroom turns on and off by itself; clothes may be moved in the middle of the night; pictures have been found off the wall and on the floor in a way that wouldn’t have resulted from falling from the nail; Read More

Tourism and Wyoming – A Prolific...

February 4th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You know, every spring when I see business picking up around town and the first visitors coming in, I marvel at the way that tourism affects EVERYONE in our little town.  And I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days this week in the state capitol of Cheyenne, learning more about how our state as a whole benefits from the tourism industry.

Living in Cody for as long as I have, I witness every year how important tourism is to our local economy.  Did you know that around a million people went through Park County last year?  Holy cow!  And what did those people do while they were here?

Well, they bought gas.  They replenished their supplies.  They stayed overnight in a motel or campground.  They went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and learned about Buffalo Bill and grizzly bears (not that Bill had any direct encounters himself, but I digress…).  They experienced their first rodeo.  They were entertained at the downtown gunfight and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue.  They bought their first pair of cowboy boots.  They had their oil changed and their vehicles repaired.  They bought and sent postcards to friends and family.

Now think about what those Read More

Baby, It’s COLD Outside!

January 14th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Wow, I can’t believe how cold it is here!  This morning as I was pulling my little car out of its nice, cozy garage, the temperature was a not-so-balmy minus 10 degrees!  And I am SO not a cold weather girl – give me days of 70 degrees and I am a happy camper.

It got me to thinking, though, about the things we do around here in the winter when it is uber-cold outside.  We, of course, have the Buffalo Bill Historical Center – that’s the first place that comes to mind.  Five museums, all indoors, and all chock-full of interactive displays, fabulous artwork, photographic archives, and opportunities to learn year-round.  It’s fabulous!

We have an almost-brand-new library here in Cody – it was dedicated about a year and a half ago, and is state of the art.  It’s got a reading area with a fireplace, computers, magazines, a children’s library that almost makes me wish I was a kid again, a teen room, meeting rooms, and the “warmest” atmosphere!  They’ve even got a little café there – they call it the “Biblio Bistro” that serves sandwiches, soups and coffee.  It’s a great place to just chill out in a relaxed, Read More

2011 Brings Changes

January 7th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

So, it’s 2011.  What does that REALLY mean here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country?  After all, this is such a timeless region.  The hills look much the same as they did a hundred or a thousand years ago.  Buffalo still roam (in selected areas, of course), wildlife is everywhere, and if you look in just the right direction, it can feel as though you’re the only person on earth.  It’s one of the things that I love about the area right around Cody – you can go back in time just by willing it.

But, then, time never does really stand still, and that is evident in the little changes that happen in town every year.  This year we’ll have a new high-end hotel in town, the Best Western Ivy Inn and Suites.  Bill Garlow, who owns the Best Western Sunset, is the great grandson of Buffalo Bill himself, and in the family tradition of naming hotels after daughters, Garlow is naming this new property after his own daughter, Ivy Garlow.  Isn’t that cool?  So by the end of this summer, we’ll have another really nice hotel in town, to add to the charm and character of the properties that are Read More

2010 – What a Great Year!

December 29th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

As 2010 comes to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what this year has brought to us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.

We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Shoshone Dam, now called the Buffalo Bill Dam – that structure completely changed the economy of Powell and Cody and the geography of the North Fork highway!  

We had some top-name entertainers come to Cody this year for the Cody Wild West Shows – Billy Dean, the Kentucky Headhunters, Bryan White, The Bellamy Brothers, Suzy Bogguss, Asleep At The Wheel and Riders In The Sky wowed local audiences throughout the year.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area was featured on National Geographic Channel’s “The World’s Toughest Fixes” – ever seen a ski lift being built?  Watch that episode!

We learned to be careful around wildlife – several grizzlies went haywire this summer…

Our local air service board negotiated a great deal with United Airlines AND we have a new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport – so flying to Cody is easier and more economical than ever (hint, hint)…

The 4th of July Stampede Celebration once again brought thousands out to celebrate the western way of life – and it was televised, too! ESPN broadcast the Read More

Amateur Photographers, Unite!

December 23rd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

I LOVE to take pictures.  I got my first camera when I was in college – it was a hand-me-down Canon from an old boyfriend who had become a semi-professional photographer.  I learned all about f-stops and ISO speeds and all that gobbledegook (most of which I have forgotten, thanks to the digital age), and took pictures of EVERYTHING, from squirrels to sunsets.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Now that I live in this amazing place we call Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I have opportunities to take pictures all the time!  This area is so full of Kodak moments – wildlife and natural wonders abound.  The pictures on this blog page are just some of the images I’ve captured over the past few years.

Wapiti Campground on the North Fork Highway

Because I know I’m not the only amateur photographer who’s proud of their work, I’m really excited about the photo contest that we’ve got running here at!  All folks have to do is upload their favorite pictures of Yellowstone Country, along with a description of their experience, on our Buffalo Bill/Yellowstone Country Facebook Page and they will be instantly entered.  It’s Read More

Sleeping Giant Ski Area – Fun for All!

December 8th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Winter has come to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, and I, for one, couldn’t be more tickled!  It’s a marshmallow world out there – or, at least, until it gets all melty and muddy – and those crazy folks who love the winter sports are having a ball! 

I have to say, even though I grew up where the seasons all came neatly when they should (as opposed to Wyoming, where you can have snow in July and 60 degree days in February), I have never been a fan of winter sports.  To be honest, skiing scares the tar out of me.  But everyone around here was so excited when our local ski hill opened up again, I had to go check it out.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area, just outside the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is one of the oldest ski hills around.  Folks who grew up here learned to ski on it and have great memories of their families going on skiing outings together.  Unfortunately, the hill closed in 2004 and it took a humongous community effort to raise enough funds to open it again in 2009, better than before!  Last year the weather did NOT cooperate, it was Read More

Corrie N. Cody is on the scene!

November 15th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Corrie, and I made Buffalo Bill’s Yellowstone Country my home about 12 years ago.  My friends and family back in the Midwest couldn’t believe that I actually wanted to pick up everything and head west, but since I moved I keep telling all of them how blessed I am every day to wake up here in Wyoming! Since they have all heard my stories a hundred times, I figured the logical step would be for me to start a blog and tell the rest of the world about what it’s like to live in Cody, Wyoming!

One of the things I’m fortunate enough to do is to visit with people from all over the world who come to this area throughout the summer.  One of the comments that I keep hearing, though, is how folks who visit don’t expect all that there is to do here! People who were just planning to stay for a day, or even just pass through on their way to Yellowstone, find that there are so many things to do and see here in Cody that they can’t help but stay more than one day.

Case in point – I was visiting Read More

A fiery past, present and future.

April 30th, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Believe it or not, fires in Yellowstone National Park are considered a vital part of the park’s ecosystem. While living its life typecast as earth’s ultimate natural enemy, fires ironically do help in developing the park’s flora and sustaining a healthy habitat environment. How is this fact and not fiction? Here are some of Yellowstone Fire Facts:

• By removing some of the forest surplus, room becomes available for other plant-life. • Minerals that are otherwise trapped in wood are released in the soil during a fire. • Fires are rarely suppressed, since doing so diminishes plant diversity and minerals remain locked up or released more slowly. • Various plants in Yellowstone, such as lodgepole pine and aspen are adapted to fire. • Burned pine bark provides nutritious food for elk

Most of all fires, 80% to be exact, are naturally started. Since many of them are started by the natural cause of lightning, we suggest not testing the “lighting never strikes the same place twice” theory. The dry seasons also affect considerably the amount of fires spread throughout the park. The summer of 1988, labelled the Summer of Fire was the park’s driest season ever recorded. It also brought the largest fire-fighting effort in the United States at the time:

• The Read More

The search for bigger and better in...

April 22nd, 2010 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Human nature finds us in the constant hunt for new and exciting ways to enjoy life’s little gifts and wonders. Try to stay away from investing in that ultra-sleek-cool-modern flat screen TV or the attention-grabbing mustang convertible. Consider a trip to Yellowstone National Park instead. As the natural epitome of bigger and better, explore nature’s wonders on a grander scale.

Big Facts on Yellowstone National Park • Yellowstone National Park is the first national park, and the second largest national park in the United States. • Yellowstone National Park measures 2,221,773 acres. • Yellowstone Volcano is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world. • The highest point in the park is Eagle Peek at 11,358 feet. • With approximately 300 geysers, the park holds the largest concentration of geysers on earth. • Largest protected population of wild mammals in the United States. • Shoshore Lake is the largest backcountry lake in the park. • At 7,733ft above sea level, Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation river in North America. • Old Faithful eruptions can blow steam up to 184ft vertically. • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is approximately 10,000 years old, 20 miles long, 1,200ft deep and approx. 2,500 ft wide. • The lodgepole pine tree can reach heights up to 75ft.

Follow up with information on things to do Read More