Another day in Cody, Wyoming. We headed right to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, a complex of five internationally acclaimed museums. The late author James Michener called the center "The Smithsonian of the West". Nowhere else in the country is such an important museum located in such a remote location. It's goal is to educate the public about the American West and does so by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting collections. There are 5 separate sections, Plains Indian, Buffalo Bill, Natural History, Western art, and Firearms. The ticket to enter the museum is good for 2 days and we know why - it would take at least 2 days to see everything.
We went thru the sections on Buffalo Bill and the Plains Indians. What great displays! Myrna and I then left to walk to the shops while Ed and Butch visited the firearms section. Our first stop was a small antique shop in a cute Victorian home, in town. I bought one small Christmas gift there. Then thru the shops where they sell some fabulous Indian and cowboy items. We met the guys at the "Irma Hotel" which Buffalo Bill built in 1902. He called it - "just the swellest hotel that ever was." He named it after his youngest daughter, Irma Louise.
We watched a "cowboy street fight" right outside the hotel, in which the "good guys" won and the "bad guys" were shot dead and one hanged. Then dinner in the famous Irma hotel - a buffet, including prime rib, ham, ribs, fish, veggies, soups, salad and puddings. The large, ornate dark cherry bar in the dining room was given to Buffalo Bill by Queen Victoria after he had taken his wild west show to England. She obviously was quite impressed with him! The queen later visited Buffalo Bill in Cody, although it is difficult to imagine her in the desolate area. At that time there were very few buildings in Cody, other than the hotel and a few houses. We purchased a great copy of a photo taken of the hotel during those years, and indeed, it did not look like a charming place to visit.
Myrna and I convinced the guys to have our photos taken in a little shop in Cody, just before going back to the campground. The owners dress you in old western costume, including accessories such as the Model 66 Winchester that Ed held. Myrna and I wore fancy attire including long skirts, revealing tops, and large hats! The photos came out great and we had lots of laughs!
PS Hi,This is Sun. PM,the 31st of July.We haven't been able to send the travel diary, as we have been in primitive campgrounds. But I am hoping to get this off tonight as we are in a KOA campground in Butte, Montana. I hope to catch up with the diary soon. I won't be able to send photos tonight, but will soon. All is well.
Congratulations, Kurt on the 4th tuna catch of the year. Dad talked to you awhile ago. Super!!! Mom, Mim, Marilyn