A trip to Cody

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A trip to Cody

#1 Post by jnyork » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:24 am

Since we live only less than 3 hours from Cody WY and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, now called Center of the West, Lovely Bride and I decided on a two day trip up there. The gun museum has recently been overhauled and remodeled from top to bottom, I wanted to see what they had done. We got overnight reservations at Buffalo Bill's old Irma Hotel, very cool place to stay and not very expensive for a tourist town.

For those of you who have not been there, that museum, along with the town of Cody, is a wonderful place to spend a week's vacation. If there is a list of the top ten museums in the country, the one at Cody would certainly be on it. The Firearms Museum contains thousands of historic firearms including the famous Winchester collection, it will take you at least two days to come even close to taking it in. Also, there is the Natural History museum, the Plains Indians museum, the Western Art museum and the memorabilia of Buffalo Bill.

The recent changes to the firearms museum are all for the better, IMHO. The entire formats of the displays are tuned in to educating members of the public in a positive way who know little or nothing about firearms. History, technical development, etc are all covered, as well as the historical uses of firearms, good and bad. No political correctness could be found, however, everything presented in a straightforward manner.

One change that I really liked was having hundreds of important firearms brought up out of the basement and put in heavy duty sliding racks and drawers that you can pull out and examine very closely, you can get your nose right up to them. There also several very good interactive displays, including an old time shooting gallery and some modern simulators.

We had a great time although I was no longer able to stay on my feet for hours at a time, pain caused me to have to leave before I really wanted to.

If you are firearms enthusiast and/or a Western history buff, this is your place, well worth a long day's drive and a week off of work. If you dont visit at least once, you are really missing out on a wonderful experience.

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Re: A trip to Cody

#2 Post by TraderVic » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:09 am

Excellent, thanks for sharing !
This has been on my list for years. Good to know how much time to plan for when I do get there.
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#3 Post by Pitchy » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:20 am

Was there a few years ago awesome place for sure, glad ya had a great trip. 8) :)
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Re: A trip to Cody

#4 Post by COSteve » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:51 am

I've been there a number of times over the years as everyone who comes to visit wants a trip to Yellowstone, Devil's Tower, and Mt. Rushmore and so we make Cody a natural stop for the night. Besides the Cody Museum which was world class before they redid it and now sounds fantastic, we get to show them a bit of history with where we stay for the night.

The Irma Hotel was built and owned by none other that Buffalo Bill Cody, the legend the town is named after. The hotel is named after his daughter, Irma and it's a great place to stay. Decked out in the 1880's style, it's a living piece of history and a must see. Besides a large restaurant area with a super sized bar, it's also got a quaint bar where it's common to find some old locals decked out in western wear and packing SA Colt 45s.

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Re: A trip to Cody

#5 Post by Malamute » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:57 am

I used to keep a membership for times I made it through there and had a little time to look around. They also sent their quarterly magazine and you get a discount in the store there.

My dad and his girlfriend had a system. If he didnt feel like walking around somewhere much, she'd push him in the store wheelchair, if she got tired of pushing, theyd trade places a while, which was sort of funny, she was quite a bit younger.

Old Trail Town is also very interesting to see. i dont know what their seasonal hours are, its been a few years since I stopped there. It was much more interesting when Bob Edgar was alive and well, he was really interesting to talk to and a blast to shoot with.
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#6 Post by Larkbill » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:22 am

We spent a day there about 6 years ago then ate supper in the restaurant at the Irma. Magical place. Sounds like a trip back is in order.
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Re: A trip to Cody

#7 Post by marlinman93 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:37 am

I checked off the box on my bucket list that was a visit to the Cody Museum years ago. Now I've added it back on the bucket list just because of the major renovation they've done. I have to go back and see how it compares to my earlier visit.
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#8 Post by fordwannabe » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:50 am

Well I am sure behind the times....last visit was 1982. Oh stuff I’m old. As Vall said back on my bucket list.
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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:52 pm

Don't forget, the guys that make these . . .


. . . are also in Cody....

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#10 Post by Blaine » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:09 pm

AJMD429 wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:52 pm
Don't forget, the guys that make these . . .


. . . are also in Cody....

https://www.bighornarmory.com/product/m ... 18-500-sw/
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Re: A trip to Cody

#11 Post by piller » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:46 pm

I would love to go, but it will have to wait until PillHer retires. Wally World has her scared to take vacation. She was forced to use vacation 5 years ago to cover for time off after getting carpal tunnel syndrome fixed. She hasn't taken a single day off since. Nothing can convince her to do it.
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