A day off

We decided today to take a day off from visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Instead we drove around to some areas we had not seen before and ended up on a country road where we found some photo opportunities.

We enjoyed a more leisurely day for a change. And we hope you will enjoy the images we present below.

We found an area of wildflowers blooming and share them with you here:

While we were out exploring it was fun to watch the shadows of the clouds dance around on the hills and mountains. Below is our attempt to share this with you although a still image does not do it justice.

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Another Visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Musems

Yesterday we viewed the Buffalo Bill Museum, a remarkable concentration of memorabilia from the life of a remarkable man. This statue greets all who visit.

Perhaps one item in the collection which many are unaware of is the Congressional Medal of Honor given to Mr. Cody.

Another exhibit we thought unusual was this depiction of Buffalo Bill dressed as a business man.

Below is an image of what was perhaps a poster or banner announcing Buffalo Bill’s visit to the queen of England.

There was also a large banner depicting Buffalo Bill’s performance before the Queen of England. There are also maps with little red pins showing everywhere he performed in North America and Europe.

Below are a few of the exhibits in Buffalo Bill Museum.

In addition to the many displays of Buffalo Bill’s possessions there are several items which belonged to others in his shows. Below are a few items belonging to Annie Oakley.

Another few exhibits are of a short term member of the show, William F. (Doc) Carver. In the photograph of the saddle the strange looking ornaments are Silver dollars with bullet holes in them which we assume were used we during the shows for a display of marksmanship.

In 1968 Winchester produced a commerative rifle and in 1969 a commemorative trowel was presented after the laying of the cornerstone. They are on display also.

we hope you enjoyed this presentation of some of the exhibits at the Buffalo Bill Museum portion of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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Outdoor Bronzes

We visited the Cody Museum again today. Below are some of the bronze statues located in various locations on the grounds of the museum.

One which is very popular is the one of Sacajawea, the Indian which assisted Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the west.

There are many other statues, large and small. The first one is very small, making it hard to see the birds on the bisons back and the prairie dogs and other small animals.

We have certainly enjoyed our visits to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming

A wonderful place to spend some time while one is in Cody, Wyoming. This 7 acres under one roof of museums is affiliated with the Smithsonian and has a lot of wonderful displays and information.

The five museums are Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody firearms museum, Draper natural history Museum, Plains Indian museum and the Whitney western art museum. Fortunately a ticket allows entry for two days. The number and quality of exhibits is overwhelming! Several examples of the many bronze’s are below and there are several outside:

We first visited the Cody firearms museum which unfortunately has part of it closed off for construction. Even so there is a multitude of firearms on display. Below are images of a small portion of them:

How some of the firearm collection came to Cody and the firearms museum.

We also visited the Whitney Western Art Museum.

Hopefully we can return tomorrow to see more of the museums and outdoor attractions.

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38th Plains Indian Powwow

We had a great time yesterday visiting this powwow held here in Cody, Wyoming every year. It now attracts more than 200 dancers representing 28 tribes from across the United States. During the two days of powwow visitors will see colorful dancers of all ages and works for sale by authentic native American artists and craftsmen.

Below is a short video of the Grand Entry. It may take a while to download. After the video you will see some additional images.

We truly enjoyed our time at the Powwow, colorful and entertaining. Before the Grand Entry they took the time to honor those which had served in the military during every war.

From old to the very young they all enjoyed dancing in the Grand Entry and all the competitions which followed.

As you see in the image below the Joe Robbie Powwow Garden near the Buffalo Bill Center of the West became nearly filled before the Grand Entry was complete.

In addition to Native American works being offered for sale there was also food. One item offered we had to try, an Indian Taco. I can attest it was delicious!

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Buffalo Bill Dam, near Cody, Wyoming

Originally constructed as the Shoshone Dam it was once the highest dam in the world. Below is an informational panel.

On our way out to the Dam I thought this red outcropping was interesting.

The lake formed by the dam is very large and provides some very scenic views.

The visitor center at the Dam also serves as the visitor center for the Buffalo Bill Cody state park. The web site for the visitor center is https://bbdvc.com/. It is in this building and has several interesting views

Here is the view of the parking lot from near the Visitor Center and the scenic view.

There are many unique geological formations near the Dam.

Two of the interesting views from the Visitor Center are below.

We hope you find this blog post interesting.

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While here in Cody, Wyoming

One of the first attractions we visited here (other than Starbucks) was the Historic Cody Mural and Museum. It features a very large mural painted by Edward Grigware, completed in 1951. The mural illustrates the first 120 years history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a 36 foot diameter rotunda. The Miral has eight equal sections with each featuring one of the first eight of the prophets of the Church. The mural is very elaborate and very interesting. Images are below. there is some overlap.

The museum also contains some sculptures as well as photographs and artifacts of the original settlers to the area. Should you visit the Cody, Wyoming area it would be well worth your time to visit. Below are a few additional images of some of the other items on exhibit.

We hope you enjoyed this presentation of some of the exhibits at the museum and should you be in or near Cody, Wyoming consider visiting.

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