The oldest homestead in Cody, WY
Got up today and headed out to have a look around Cody. We had decided that we wanted to take the Cody Trolley Tour. I’m sure there are some out there who think that’s oh so "touristy" but for me if I think a town/city has a cool history or I’d like to learn more about it I will always seek out a tour of the place to get some background info, plus suggestions of things to see and do.
We got down to the trolley ticket place which is right outside the Irma Hotel bought our ticket for the 9am tour and also got reserved seats for the 6pm Cody gunfight for $ 1.00. We decided it was a small price to pay to get front row seats for the gunfight.
The views from the trolley on the way to the Buffalo Bill Cody Dam
That way we could show up at 5:45pm instead of 5:00pm to try and get a seat, and it’s a good thing we did because otherwise I wouldn’t have had such nice views of Kevin Costner......or imitation Kevin Costner. The trolley tour had a ton of information as well as many pictures of Cody from when it was first laid out. The whole layout of the town was made by Buffalo Bill Cody and he thought of everything, from the extra wide streets to the placement of the Irma Hotel. A little interesting thing from the trolley tour, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show went to perform in front of Queen Victoria in England. She was so impressed with the show that she bowed to BB which the folks of Cody say was the beginning of the friendship between the USA and England.
Also during this visit BB presented QV with a flag of the USA and she accepted it which was the first time that a monarch had acknowledged the USA as a independent country. The trolley tour went all through town showing you such things as the oldest homestead in Cody, where the museums and neat things to see were and also went outside of town limits to show you the BBC Dam and Visitor Center. We were so impressed with this that we decided to come back the next am and see it.
After the trolley tour we headed to the Buffalo Bill Cody Historic Center. The Center is a bug building that houses 5 museums in one. There is a firearm’s museum, a western art gallery, the Draper Natural History Museum, the BBC Museum and the Plains Indian Museum.
We started in the Firearms Museum, it was huge I have never in my life seen so many guns! I started out trying to look at everything but in the end I just walked around and looked at the guns that were pretty. I’m not much of a gun person, I mean I have a permit to carry, but as far as the history and such, not so much my thing. We then moved into the western art gallery. Now that I really liked, I love to look at paintings....paintings of actual people, places and things not random squiggles of color thrown onto a canvas. Some of the paintings in the gallery were gorgeous. Following that we moved into the Draper Natural History museum. There were some really cool things in there, different machines that had animal calls and videos about different animals in the area.
I’m not real keen on stuffed specimens, I call these areas "death rooms" and will normally tend to avoid them. They had a whole section about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and you were invited to put your comments in the box and then they would place them up as part of the exhibit. There was one note about how wolves are a nuisance and should be shot on sight, blah, blah, blah. This of course pissed me off beyond all means so I left a response to it but I’m 99% sure that it would not be made part of the exhibit, lol.
Next was the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, I really like it a lot, I have a weird crush on Wild Bill Hickok......yes I realize that he is dead but can’t a girl still admire a nice looking man dead or not :D
Anyway, there were ton’s of cool things in the museum, old posters for the Wild West Show, an old black and white movie of the show, costumes wore by the likes of Annie Oakley and others.
It was a very informative museum. The last museum we went to was the Plains Indian Museum which along with the BBC museum was my favorite. There were so many items in there, recreations of different Native American lodgings including a typical reservation house. There were examples of different beading techniques which just blew me away with the intricate nature of the beading and the beautiful colors. It was just a cool museum. Outside the museum complexes were other buildings such as the building that BBC was born in and lived in until the age of 11 when he left home to support his family. The house was moved from it’s original place to the BBC HC. We spent most of the day at the museum and we could have easily spent more time.
After we left the historic center we did a little shopping and had dinner at Maxwell’s.
They have really good food, the service was slow but the pizza with basil, sun dried tomatoes, chicken and feta cheese was to die for! We then headed up to our reserved seats for the gunfight. I felt like a celebrity, there were our names right on the front row center chairs, SWEET! The actors come out prior to the gunfight to give you a safety talk and also to try and sell some things, all money from the proceeds of the gunfight goes to charity in the Cody area. While they were doing this some people decided that they were going to come up and sit or squat in front of those of us with reserved seats, so being that bitch that I am I decided to move my chair up and take up all the space in front of my chair which everyone around us also decided to do. And if you’re wondering, yes I AM a bitch and I don’t care.
It’s kinda like my views on the welfare system in the USA, it you wanted front row seats for the gunfight, you should have got your lazy ass out of bed in time to be at the trolley station by 9am and pay the measly $ 1.00 to get tickets, but if you didn’t than you need to stand where ever there is space available not just assume that I’m gonna be ok with you sitting in front of me! It’s bad enough a significant portion of my paycheck goes to support people who are too f—ing lazy to get a job and work so sorry you’re not sitting in front of me. So yes I AM a bitch!
The gunfight itself was really fun, it wasn’t set in any historic event like it is in Deadwood, but I liked it because it had some of my favorite historical figures of the wild west time.
a pretty rifle
Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Jesse James, BBC and of course Wild Bill!! Now the guy who played Wild Bill, I still think was Kevin Costner, now why would Kevin Costner done a costume and play WBH in the Cody gunfight I have no idea but the guy definitely had KC mannerisms and his voice sounded just like him. Even my mom leaned over and said, "do you think that’s KC, cause it sure sounds like him". The whole program takes about 40 minutes or so and I would highly recommend that you see it if you’re in Cody. After the program you could go up and speak with the actors so of course I had to have my pic taken with Wyatt and Doc and also with BB and Kevin Costner...I mean Wild Bill, who incidently told me that he hears that KC sounds a lot like him all the time.
The western art musuem
So thus only 6 days into our trip it became known as the KC trip, because it just seemed that everywhere we were Kevin was, had been or had a business there. I’ve always loved Kevin since Dances With Wolves but I’m sure that my mom and Kerry were sick of Kevin by the time we got home, lol.
We finished the night by heading back to the Cody Cowboy Village and heading over to the big outdoor hot tub, it was a really windy and chilly night so it was a perfect night to be in the hot tub. We met a mother and 2 daughters from Mass, and we exchanged ideas for things to see and do in the upcoming days, it was a perfect ending to a wonderful day.