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Bikers Love the Beartooth All-American Road!

April 1st, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

Motorcyclists are an amazingly hardy bunch.  They ride in all kinds of weather, for miles and miles, taking a minimal amount of luggage with them, they don’t complain much, they’re as comfortable by themselves on the open road as they are with a pack of other bikers, and they aren’t generally shy about expressing their opinions… which is why we here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country were thrilled to find out that members of the American Motorcyclist Association voted the Beartooth Highway northwest of Cody as their favorite road in America!

Nearly 100 roads were listed on the ballot, and American Motorcyclist magazine tallied the votes, publishing the top 15 roads in their April issue.  Among the top roads were U.S. Highway 550, from Ouray to Durango, Colorado (#4 on the list); the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park (#6); the Natchez Trace, from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee (#11); and the Pacific Coast Highway, Highway 1 in California (#5).

So what makes the Beartooth Highway so popular?  Well, it is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation! The road itself is the Read More

Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List!

March 25th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

I love all the diversity that Cody and the surrounding area has to offer.  There are so many wonderful attractions, restaurants, scenic routes, hotels, coffee shops and unique stores, it’s hard to single any out for recognition sometimes!  So I thought that maybe, periodically, I should just pick a genre and let my dear readers in on what’s hot…  and since David Letterman has made the “Top 10 List” almost a signature line of his own, I decided to re-invent the list as “Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List”!

This particular Top 11 has to do with food.  I must confess, I’m a foodie.  I LOVE to eat.  I can’t say that I’ll try anything once (the idea of munching down on rattlesnake meat or any other unusual “delicacy” featured on some of those TV reality shows just turns my stomach), but I’ve eaten at all the restaurants here in Cody at one point or another and just HAVE to feature some of the finest that this town has to offer!

1. Mexican

If you’re into Mexican food, my goodness, you have choices here!  We’ve got four locally-owned Mexican restaurants: El Vaquero, Tacos El Taconazo, La Comida, and Zapata’s.  Friendly folks at all Read More

Big Hal and the Cowboys

March 18th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I saw an amazing sight the other day.

I saw a bear on a beaver dam… levitating.

Okay, so it wasn’t defying gravity on its own – a humongous construction crane was lifting the bronze bear from his perch near the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, where he had been pleasantly passing the past seven years, and was being transplanted to the new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport. 

Lee Haines, Public Relations Director at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, had called to let me know that this monumental (pun definitely intended) move would be taking place, and thought I might find it interesting for my blog.  Of course!!  How often do you get to see gigantic sculptures dangling in the wind?

So I bopped on over to the BBHC on a gorgeous almost-spring morning to watch a crew of museum employees and a crane operator take two statues, which had been fixtures at the Historical Center for several years, and move them to YRA.  It was so cool!  The crew very easily was able to lift the iconic “Code of the West” bronze and strap it tightly to the flatbed for its short trip up to the airport.  Big Hal, however, was Read More

American Cowboy Magazine names Cody one of...

March 11th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I make no excuses, I love living in Cody!  There is NEVER an excuse to be bored, the people are fantastic, the scenery can’t be beat, and living away from the hustle and bustle of more urban areas is refreshing and rewarding.

So it just tickles me silly when I hear that Cody is being recognized by national magazines as being one of the best places to live, since those of us who dwell here already know that!  In its April/May issue, American Cowboy Magazine included Cody in its fourth annual “Best Places to Live The West” list!

According to DeAnna Jarnagin, associate publisher of American Cowboy, “This year’s entries truly live up to the Western ideal of places embodying the rugged, free spirit of the Western version of the American Dream.”  She cited authentic cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, great food and exposure to the history of the West as reasons that a town would get placed on this exclusive list.

Those of us who live here would love to say that Cody towers head and shoulders over any other Wyoming town for its western atmosphere and general live-ability, but to be fair, Sheridan has a spot on this list as well.  We’re Read More

Spring Fever!

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

I love to highlight local folks who make such a contribution to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has made more of a mark than Bob Richard.  Bob is a third generation Cody-ite, which is really saying something!  His grandfather was one of the first to be licensed to give guided tours in Yellowstone National Park – that was way back in 1906!  He and his brother-in-law formed the “Frost and Richard” partnership, and were granted their license by the soldiers who at that time ran Yellowstone Park.

Bob himself has very strong ties to Yellowstone.  When he was but a young lad, he was a mounted ranger in the Park, so his knowledge of the best places to experience Yellowstone is vast.  He has spent the last 30 years as a licensed tour guide for this region, and has hundreds of fabulous stories to tell!

I got a chance to chat with Bob just the other day about springtime in the Yellowstone region.  He had some really great advice for anyone who wanted to get the most out of the great outdoors in the coming months.

CC:         So, Bob, you’ve seen decades of tourist seasons Read More

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center – the...

February 25th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Corrie N. Cody has stepped aside this week to highlight a guest blogger – Christy Fleming, the manager of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and Heart Mountain Internment Learning Center, has a great story to tell about life within the barbed wire fences of the Relocation Center during World War II. 

Did you know that the Heart Mountain Relocation Center had its own award-winning volunteer fire department?  The fire department was created out of necessity, staffed by internee volunteers under Caucasian supervision.  The barracks, built of tarpaper and wood, were easily ignited by hastily hung electrical wires and heating systems that the residents were unfamiliar with. 

 Volunteer firemen were soon familiar with tactics for fighting a variety of different types of fires.  They were called out for flue fires, brush fires, fires stated in coal containers set outside the buildings, and fires started by children playing with matches.  They were also available to help with wildland fires. In August of 1944, eighteen Heart Mountain firefighters were called to help extinguish a forest fire on Cedar Mountain.  It took them only 6 hours to put out the fire.  

 The number of trained firemen changed regularly as the men were granted indefinite and seasonal leave from the camp. Several firemen, committed Read More

How do you define Cody?

February 18th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

In the early months of the year, it’s natural to look ahead and figure out how we can do things better.  But “better” is such a broad term!  Especially when you want to make “better” your business, or your recreation, or your family life… where the heck do you start?

Take local tourism, for example.  What is it about this area that draws folks?  Obviously, there’s the scenery, but there’s also the local people and the unique perspective they offer; the relatively unhurried manner in which life moves out here in Wyoming, especially when you compare it to the rush-rush of “civilization” in the big city.  It makes you realize that the world is bigger than just the four walls of our offices and the four wheels of our vehicles.  There’s the wildlife, the sights and smells of the sage on the rolling hills.  There’s the rodeo, the river rafting, the museums, and all the other activities and attractions that are so specific to our location.  I once asked a group of folks what they liked most about Wyoming, and one gal said that she and her husband got married here because there is no waiting period in this state!

While most Read More

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