Much of the Old Trail Town should be credited to archaeologist Bob Edgar who, after realizing that many of the historical buildings and relics were starting to disappear, gathered historical artifacts to be displayed on the West side of Cody. This was the area that Buffalo Bill originally surveyed as the first site for 'Cody City' in 1895. With sights as interesting as Curly's Cabin and John Johnston's grave the trail is a truly impressive re-creation of the original Cody. The largest collection of its kind in Wyoming it is absolutely a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Historic buildings, all furnished with artifacts and antiques from the early fur trade era to the end of the nineteenth century. It also includes an extensive display of Native American relics.
John Jeremiah Johnston, mountain man, trapper, Indian fighter and soldier of the GAR died in California but was moved when a highway was going to be built where a cemetery was, and re-interred here, where he lived most of his life. Robert Redford who played his character in the movie was one of the pall bearers.
(Above) Robert Redford as pall bearer of the re-interment of John Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnston (1824-1900) in Old Trail Town on June 8, 1974.
An early form of a washing machine with a hand-crank to wring out the clothes.
The hardy families that ventured to the Rocky Mountains of Cody, Wyoming required skills of horsemanship and roping. In order to handle and manage livestock, settlers needed to know how to ride, rope, tame wild stock...yes, and fight Indians and other cowpokes too. Today, this Wild West dexterity is still used on working ranches in Wyoming (except fighting Indians). Thanks to showman Buffalo Bill Cody’s entertaining twist on these herding skills, Cody (the city) is now known as the Rodeo Capital of the World.
Cody Stampede RodeoThe Cody Stampede is July 1–4 every year, which attracts cowboys from across North America to compete for big purses, and ride the best rodeo stock in the country. This rodeo celebration offers 4 days of action packed rodeo entertainment, craft fair, food booths and daily parades.
Cody Nite RodeoSince 1938, The Cody Nite Rodeo has provided two hours (8 - 10pm) of real wild, western, family-friendly action. Come early and meet the cowboys and bull-riders. Get your picture taken on Mongo the bull. (Good thing we missed that.) Nightly performances June 1 through August 31 at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, the Stampede office 1031 12th Street, online, or from local vendors.
Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls EventThe Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls is an annual event bringing the top bull riders in the country to Cody to compete on the top bulls. Many of the competitors are hoping to make it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Wrangler Champions ChallengeThe Wrangler Champions Challenge features the top 12 contestants in each rodeo event in the world competing in a single-round with the wins going to the fastest times and highest scores.