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May 6th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I like to spend a little time every few weeks featuring cool things about Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  And with the summer season closing in on us fast, I thought it was appropriate to shine the spotlight on one of Cody’s top attractions – the Buffalo Bill Historical Center! 

Here are my Top 11 reasons why you should visit the BBHC:

1.   Five different themes to explore.  Whether you’re into western art, the geological and scientific aspects of the Yellowstone region, firearms through the ages, Native American history, or Buffalo Bill Cody himself, there are five different wings to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that feature extensive artifacts, stories and treasures dedicated to those subjects!

2.  Appeal for all age ranges.  Young or old, techno-savvy or old-school, you’ll find wonders galore at the BBHC.  The Draper Museum of Natural History features interactive displays that are geared specifically toward the younger crowd, and adults in all age ranges will find the displays in every museum fascinating!

3.  The 30th Annual Plains Indian Powwow.  This event began in 1982 when just a few dancers and one group of singers stopped to participate on their way to another powwow. It has since grown to include several hundred Read More


National Tourism Week in May

April 29th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Hey, folks – I thought that I’d step aside and let the State of Wyoming tell you about National Tourism Week, which is coming up May 7-15.  They have all the information, I’ll just pass it on to you!

 Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation Wednesday May 4, 2011 designating May 7-15, 2011 as National Travel & Tourism Week in Wyoming. The signing, along with a travel rally will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the capitol building in Cheyenne. Following the rally, a Reach awards luncheon will take place at Little America, acknowledging the best in customer service from front line employees. Governor Mead is authorizing and requesting that communities across Wyoming observe this week through events and activities that promote Wyoming’s tourism industry.             Kristin Phipps, Industry Services Specialist at Wyoming Travel & Tourism and coordinator of National Travel & Tourism Week conveys, “National Tourism Week allows us to bring all facets of the tourism industry to the forefront of people’s mind. This year, in conjunction with communities across America and the US Travel Association, we are staging a travel rally in conjunction with the proclamation that will allow us to acknowledge and demonstrate how many people are involved in the Read More


Summer’s Coming!

April 22nd, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

You know summer’s coming when the first week of May comes along.  It’s Fire School Weekend, which doesn’t really mean anything to folks who don’t live here, but to the locals, it’s the signal that the winter is over and the busy-ness has begun!  There are several events that take place this last weekend in April and first part of May that kick off our summer season in style…

April 29-May 1st: Fire School – firefighters (volunteers and otherwise) from around the region converge on Cody for three days of training, seminars, workshops, and camaraderie.  Want to watch a group of firefighters set fire to a vehicle, then put it out?  It happens that weekend!

April 29-May 1st: Cassie’s Spring Fling – entertainment, darts, a pool tournament, outdoor barbecue, and a talent show, all at one of the most historic and colorful locations in Cody – Cassie’s Steak House on the west end of Cody!

April 30:  Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown comes to Cody as part of our Cody Wild West Show concert series!  Only $25 per ticket, but there are only 300 tickets, so get yours now – call 1-800-EYE-CODY for more information on this concert, as well as Read More


Cody Wild West Shows

April 13th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

We are SO lucky to live here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  And it’s not just because of the scenery, and the people, and the slower pace of life, and the restaurants.  It’s because famous country singers come here to play their music!

Now, there are a lot of folks who live in the area who are pretty well-known – we’ve got artists, actors, WWE wrestlers, famous politicians, and other recognizable personalities who have homes here and live here either full-time or part-time.  Most of these people love the anonymity of living way out here in the mountains, but there are a few who are very visible members of the community and strive to make Cody the best little town in the Rockies.

One of these personalities partnered with the Park County Travel Council a few years back in order to liven up the slower winter months.  Dan Miller, who has been a television personality since the late 1980s on The Nashville Network, ESPN’s (now GAC’s) Extreme Bulls, The Outdoor Channel’s “Best of the West” series, and other television shows through the years, headlines a music show in downtown Cody in the summer, Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue.  Read More


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