Old Trail Town, Cody, Wyoming

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OLD TRAIL TOWN

 

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When I first heard about Old Trail Town, I was skeptical. Really? A bunch of old cabins? It seemed pretty boring. It turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong and I've been back many times.

wagon wheelsTrail Town is a collection of old buildings assembled from across the great State of Wyoming. It brings back a time long lost, reminding us of the rugged west tamed by human hands. Each building is outfitted with historical artifacts and authentic furnishings.

The attraction was assembled by Bob Edgar, an old cowboy and an expert marksman bob edgarknown for his sharpshooting skills with a Colt .45. As a younger man, he rented a cabin that was originally a trading post from 1878. He lived there for many years, even while married and raising a child!

As an archaeologist and historian, his passion for Wyoming history grew and he slowly started to collect these cabins and move them to Cody. Some were in good condition and could be moved in one piece. Others had to be carefully numbered, disassembled, transported, and painstakingly reassembled on site.

Just a few of the interesting sites:

  • HOLE IN THE WALL CABIN, 1883: This two-room cabin was built on Buffalo Creek. It wa a rendezvous site for Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and other outlaws in the region.
  • CURLEY'S CABIN, 1895: Curley was a Crow scout with the Custer Expedition. He lived in this cabin on the Crow reservation from 1885 to 1923. He relayed news of Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He was one of the Crow scouts to survive the battle.
  • TAGGART CARPENTER SHOP, 1901: One of the first buildings built in Cowley, Wyoming. It was used by a Mormon pioneer, George Taggart, who traveled to the Big Horn Basin by wagon train.
  • THE RIVERS SALOON, 1888: Built at the mouth of the Wood River, west of present-day Meeteetse. It was frequented by cowboys, gold miners, outlaws, and other colorful characters. Bullet holes are still visible in the door. It is the oldest remaining saloon in northwest Wyoming.

Robert Redford Cody WyomingAlong with the collection of buildings, wagons, and archaeological artifacts are some grave sites of historic persons. The most famous is Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnson, a trapper, hunter, woodhawk, Army scout, marshal, and Civil War veteran. Robert Redford starred in the movie Jeremia Johnson and was a pallbearer for Johnson's reburial at Old Trail Town in 1974.

Cody sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, most on their way to Yellowstone National Park, and they are regularly amazed by our rich history.

 

If you ever head this way, we hope you can take a moment to visit Old Trail Town, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the historic Irma Hotel, and the many other sites that make Cody, Wyoming a great place to visit!

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Scott Godzyk
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That would be an exciting place to visit and soak up the history Nathan Gesner 

Jan 17, 2017 07:46 AM #4
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Nathan Gesner
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Sheila Anderson and Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® thanks for reading!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I believe you would enjoy the annual wine-tasting! They set up different wines, liquors, and beers throughout the buildings. Visitors get a commemorative glass and travel around tasting the products. Live music, food, and lots of friends round out the night!

Jan 17, 2017 07:47 AM #5
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Hi Nathan

Thanks for introducing us to Old Trail Town and to some Wyoming history! I'd enjoy seeing this area if I ever get to Cody!

Jeff

Jan 17, 2017 07:47 AM #6
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Thanks for telling us about Old Trail Town and these very interesting buildings.

Jan 17, 2017 08:24 AM #7
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Marco Giancola
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Hey Nathan-only been to the ski resorts in WY, that is my idea of some awesome!

Jan 17, 2017 10:50 AM #8
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Joan Cox
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Nathan, this place sounds so cool, and so much history.  Will have to head north some day (when the weather is better) and stop in! 

Jan 17, 2017 12:38 PM #9
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Will Hamm
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Wow Nathan Gesner, I need to check this out next time up there, could be June or July this year.

 

Jan 17, 2017 04:17 PM #10
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Lou Ludwig
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Nathan

Old Trail Town in Cody Wyoming . . . . is a step back into time . . . . and history.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 17, 2017 08:02 PM #11
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Will Hamm it would be great if we could touch base. If you haven't checked out the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, that is an absolute must!

Lou Ludwig thansk for commenting!

Jan 18, 2017 04:48 AM #12
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Nathan Gesner
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Roy Kelley and Marco Giancola I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Joan Cox we would love to see you if you make it to town!

 

 

Jan 18, 2017 04:50 AM #13
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Hi Nathan- I have never been to Wyoming but if I found myself that way, I would want to visit that village.  I love the idea that Bob Edgar collected these buildings and saved them for all of us. 

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Hi, Nathan...I love these old west towns and exploring the old buildings. We even have one in Cedaredge called Pioneer Town. The silos are on the historic registery. 

Jan 18, 2017 06:39 PM #15
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Nathan Gesner
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Kathy Streib we are also on the east side of Yellowstone National Park! Lots to see and do!

Debbie Laity after visiting this one the first time I became much more interested!

Jan 18, 2017 07:08 PM #16
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Good morning Nathan. Old Trail Town looks like a unique and interesting place to experience.

Jan 19, 2017 05:02 AM #17
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Gabe Sanders thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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What a fun place to visit, Nathan. There is a little cowboy and cowgirl in all of us and we would like experiencing the Wild West.

Jan 19, 2017 06:17 AM #19
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Nathan Gesner - Cody sounds like my kind of town! I am fascinated by this type of history. I enjoyed reading your post and learning about the history for those cabins. Cody's idea to preserve history was brilliant. I hope Myrl Jeffcoat and Bruce Walter read your post. They are both history buffs and I think they would enjoy it too!

WELCOME TO ACTIVERAIN! YOU'RE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB!!! You might also want to join the Photos Group!

Jan 19, 2017 06:57 AM #20
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Bruce Walter
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Nathan, thanks for the great history lesson on these fascinating structures and the history behind them.  I was trying to figure who that individual was in the last picture in the 70's attire and found out by reading to the very end!

Welcome to Active Rain, Nathan!  I hope you will keep blogging about your rich western history that is all things Wyoming!

Patricia, thanks for the head up and yes what an interesting post!

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I have not had the pleasure of going to your state yet but I am planning trips to see Wyoming as well as Montana.

Feb 16, 2017 06:11 AM #22
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Joe Pryor let me know when you intend to swing through and I'll give you some tips based on what you want to do!

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