Friday, August 25, 2017

2017, August 23 - Old Trail Town & The Rodeo in Cody WY

Old Trail Town

Cody, Wyoming's Old Trail Town is an opportunity to see the area as our forefathers did. Many original buildings from their original location have been dismantled and reassembled here and placed side by side and across from each other much as an old trail town was laid out in the Old West. The only thing missing is an old Sheriff’s office and Jail. A collection of historical buildings and artifacts run along the Yellowstone highway creating a fascinating journey back in time. Amazing sights, such as an outlaw cabin from near the Montana border used by Butch Cassidy, Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid as a hideout, make this an unforgettable collection. The cabin of ‘Curly’, who was an Army Crow Indian Scout under Lt. Col. George A. Custer, in the 7th US Cavalry and survived the Little Big Horn battle is also included in Old Trail Town. This cabin was relocated from Crow Agency MT, near the 7th Ranch RV Park that we just came from.

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.










OUTLAWS of the Hole in the Wall Gang 
REAR: Will Carver and Kid Curry
FRONT: Sundance Kid, Ben Kirkpatrick, Butch Cassidy
  Posse preparing to chase Hole in the Wall Gang after Wilcox Wyoming train robbery.

 Kise Eads, a member of the Hole in the Wall Gang
 Douglas, Wyoming 1885

 Typical cowboy in the late 1800s.
 Three outlaws hanged near Laramie, Wyoming
  Kayce, Wyoming 1898... The nearest town to the Hole in the Wall.


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.






Grandson of Buffalo Bill.



 (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.
CENTER PHOTO: John Jeremiah "Liver-Eating" Johnston (left) and Vic Smith (right).

 Calamity Jane... wasn't she a cutuie? NOT!

 Base of a horse drawn sled.
 Looks like a coal wagon.

 An early form of a washing machine with a hand-crank to wring out the clothes.

 The first SUV (seats 6)

 Sheepherders' wagons

 An old bar..
 A buggy
 Water wagon
 The Paddy Wagon? 

 Grinding Stone



 Indian Burial


 Casper, Wyoming - 1890
 Cheyenne, Wyoming - 1868
An Indian hunting party on the Plains

Indians on the move on the Plains

 A tooth and tusk from a wooly mammoth elephant (killed by men 12,000 to 13,000 years ago) found and unearthed in a deep ravine near Meeteetse, WY


 This sure reminds Bill of Mary's old kitchen in Apopka FL
An old US Cavalry saddle. Split in the middle to ventilate in the summer and transfer heat from horse in winter. The were all measured by an 'x' inch seat. At Buffalo Bill Museum there was an 11" and 10". This one is an 11-1/2". It seems they were very technical.

 Grease for the wagon wheels.

 This is the real thing, folks, with even the bullet holes to prove it.

 Bullet holes in the wall and there were some behind the door too. 

 And here's a sweaty cowboy looking for a beer (in a dry bar).

 This is easy... as long as the bull won't charge.

 Cody Rodeo

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 Rodeo

The 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 Rodeo

Since 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 Event

The 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 Challenge

The 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.

This is 'Mongo' (the Bull). You can get your photo riding him (not the blond).
NEXT BLOG:   A drive through Yellowstone National Park 08-24-2017 - East Entrance; then the Chief Joseph Scenic Drive to the NE Entrance of Yellowstone.
Happy trails!

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