Joe and I spent one and a half days in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The theme of the center is "celebrating the Spirit of the American West!". Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Museum has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West. The museum first opened in 1927 in a log cabin style building ( modeled after Cody's house at his TE Ranch) in downtown Cody. The museum stayed in that location until 1969 when it was relocated to a newly built wing of the Historical Center. Here, in its original incarnation, the Buffalo Bill Museums's focus is on the life and times of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), the noted guide, scout, frontiersman, showman, actor, entrepreneur, and town founder. The Buffalo Bill Museum is the flagship museum of the Historical Center today. In addition to the Buffalo Bill Museum, there is also a Firearms Museum, Plains Indians Museum, Western Art Museum, and a Greater Yellowstone Natural History Museum all housed in the Historical Center.
|This is the back of a chuck wagon...it carried the food and cooking equipment on the prairies. The cook's assistant was in charge of driving the bed wagon which carried the bedding and extra supplies such as firewood and ropes.|
|Early transportation through Yellowstone in the early 1900s.|
The Western Art Museum displays artistic masterpieces and modern views of the land, people, and wildlife of the West.
|The Plains Indians Museum tells the significant story of the Plains Indian peoples, their cultures, traditions, values, and histories.|