Cody, Wyoming as well as the Old Wild West

Everywhere you lot plough inward Cody are reminders of the Old West, reproduced or real. Make believe gun fighters dueling it out nightly, too 2 pervasive Buffalo Bill look-alikes, an quondam 1 too a younger one, summation a much thinner version of his wife, Louisa.

Old saddle tree
Of the existent remnants, my favorites were  Old Trail Town too Museum of the Old West, Old West Miniature Village & Museum too the Dug Up Gun Museum.

Old Trail Town.
I'd seen it from the route too it looked similar a tourist trap but Old Trail Town, the master copy site of Buffalo Bill's Cody City, turned out to live good worth the effort.

Hole inward the Wall Gang's cabin.
 Tip: Not that it is much of an effort.  The dry reason is generally degree if uneven too the exclusively steps are on too off the boardwalk fronting the buildings.

And what buildings - 24 cabins of trappers too outlaws, a saloon, store, school, carpenter shop, livery barn, mayor's home, all equipped amongst the appropriate used, abused, rusting fittings. Dating from 1880 to 1901, their weathered boards, timbers too fogged drinking glass panes silently testifying to a difficult scrabble beingness survived exclusively yesteryear the hardy too oftentimes devious.

Names popular upwards from quondam dime novels too famous films - Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, the Crow Indian Curley, buffalo hunter Jim White, Kid Curry, cattleman William Carter.

Buckboards galore.
Buckboards, wagons, wheels too other necessities of life inward the quondam westward create sum the spaces inward between. "Out back" you'll honour the graves of Jeremiah "Liver Eating" 
Johnson, the trapper made famous by
Robert Redford; buffalo hunter Jim White; scout James Stilwell; trapper Phillip Vetter, who met his demise at the claws of a grizzly bear; W. A. Gallagher too Blind Bill, cowboys murdered inward 1894; too the murdered Belle "Lady in Blue" Drewry.                                                                                 

Old West Miniature Village & Museum


                                                                             Plains Indian bull boat.

In a task of love, Jerry "Eagle Speaker" Fick created an enormous - maybe the largest inward the U. S. - miniature diorama of the battles for Montana too Wyoming, 66 meticulously researched scenes inward all each amongst an good for a self-guided trip through history.

Jerry "Eagle Speaker" Fick

More interesting to me were the exhibits surrounding the diorama. Fick, a Native American, flora his start arrowhead at the historic catamenia of 12 too has been collecting always since. From menage unit of measurement artifacts to healers' bags from the Grand Medicine Society of the Great Lakes Indians, weapons, catamenia clothing, tools too weapons from all across the province add together upwards to a museum-quality assemblage.

It took iii large too 1 medium-sized beaver skins to purchase this blanket (you tin tell yesteryear the dark marks on the upper right).

You'll come across the tripod used yesteryear the surveyor who seat out the canals Buffalo Bill had dug to convey H2O year-round to his city, pictures of Jessie James from his niece, a bull boat made from the enshroud of a bull buffalo too willow inward which the Plains Indians navigated rivers.

Known to locals every bit Tecumseh's, if Fick is simply about forget the residue of your schedule too pass every bit much fourth dimension absorbing his wealth of cognition every bit he's willing to give. You won't live sorry.

Hans Kurth
Dug Up Gun Museum
   The mention got me. Planned exclusively to halt in, glance simply about too leave, but xc minutes after I was withal inward this upstairs room on a downtown Cody side street fascinated by  founder Hans Kurth's histories of the guns, bullets, sabers, clothe too photos inward this array of the literally "found".

Warning: There are 23 steps from street to museum.

It is all provender for the imagination from the broken Springfield carbine flora at the Wounded Knee battle site to a flintlock pistol from the infamous Civil War battle at Cold Harbor. Kurth's enthusiasm too encyclopedic cognition is addictive.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 expert introduction to it all, quondam too contemporary, is an hr on the pet-friendly Cody Trolley Tours trolley. As they say, "Give us an hour, we'll rate you lot 100 years."

Actually it's to a greater extent than than 100 years.

Cody, Wyoming as well as the Old Wild West