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2005 - Cody, Wyoming

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This year the bulk of our return trip sightseeing was based in Wyoming, specifically Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Jackson. The scenery in the national parks is so striking and diverse, it's easy to see why they were preserved!

Cody, Wyoming Sign
Cody, Wyoming Sign

Cody, Wyoming—A Real Western Town
Cody is about 60 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone. Before beginning that adventure, we spent a day sightseeing in Cody.

The town was named after William F. Cody—Buffalo Bill—and is also the home of the Historic Irma Hotel, Restaurant, and Saloon (see photos below). Buffalo Bill built this hotel in 1902 and referred to it as a "gem" (it was his unbiased opinion, of course!). He frequently stayed there in his private suite, which is now open to the public. The ornate cherrywood back bar in the restaurant was built in France—a gift from Queen Victoria to Buffalo Bill. It is now the focus of the main dining room.

Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel
Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel
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Irma Hotel's Cherrywood Bar Built in France
Irma Hotel's Cherrywood Bar Built in France
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Old Trail Town in Cody
The Old Trail Town is a collection of 26 historical buildings dating from 1879 to 1901, as well as horse-drawn carriages, an assortment of wagon wheels, Native American artifacts, and frontier memoriabilia. It is the largest collection of its kind in Wyoming.
On one end of the town is a small graveyard where both national and local folk heroes are buried. On June 8, 1974, the grave of John Jeremiah Johnston—John "Liver Eating" Johnston, was moved to the Old Trail Town graveyard with the help of Robert Redford, who played his character in the movie "Jeremiah Johnston."

Old Trail Town
Old Trail Town
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Wagon Wheels at Old Trail Town
Wagon Wheels at Old Trail Town
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Gravesite of Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnston
Gravesite of Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnston
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Buffalo Bill Dam
The Buffalo Bill Dam, harnessing the Shoshone River, is six miles west of Cody on the way to Yellowstone. It is 350' high and was the first mass concrete dam built in America and was also the tallest dam in the world upon completion in 1910.

Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody, Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody, Wyoming
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Shoshone River Past the Dam
Shoshone River Past the Dam
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Buffalo Bill Dam Reservoir
Buffalo Bill Dam Reservoir
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