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Old 01-25-2019, 01:30 PM   #29
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But I'm sure there are other things to keep us busy, like the museum.
When you've had enough of the 'Wild West' stuff in Cody, about 15 miles northeast is an interesting piece of US WWII history: Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, Heart Mountain Foundation, Wyoming

If you've got a few minutes, there's an interesting video here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alan-si...ternment-camp/ that shows a heartwarming look at something that's generally viewed as a dark event in our history.

The Interpretive Center powerfully commemorates the tragic consequences of the government's wartime imprisonment of Japanese Americans.

About a 15-minute drive (each way) and about an hour there will be time well spent.

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While visiting the Yellowstone area, you also might consider a day trip to Virgina City, Montana. We and our Grandkids enjoyed both the trip there and spending a few hours in the town. There is a Visitor Center that provides some of the history of Earthquake Lake along the way if you are looking to stretch your legs along the way. Virgina City is a very well preserved old mining town. As you walk down the wooden sidewalks, you can peer into the past by checking out the Livery Stable, Blacksmith Shop, General Store, etc. Blended into the stores are some very period correct modern amenities, Ice Cream, Pizza, Art Galleries, etc. I probably enjoyed the actual trip there as much as the visit in Virgina City, the sprawling ranches and small communities made quite an impact on my senses and I am looking forward to when we can return. JH
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Yes... If it is still there stop in to Mustards Last Stand. Cute little hot dog place in town.
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:07 AM   #32
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Cody Museum Disappointment

As recommended by all the Cody Museum is a DO NOT Miss. I have been stopping there periodically over 40 years now. The last time I was there I was totally disappointed because they took lots of items out of the museum and put them in storage. What I mostly missed were the Old Maps and the Gatling Gun standing in the entrance to the gun museum. Attendant said they had many complaints from people like me. So please do COMPLAIN as many people only get to see that stuff once in a lifetime. Making the loop through to the North Entrance into Yellowstone is a must. Huge lush green valleys filled with buffalo. What it really looked like back when.
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Hey LA cousins. We went to Mt Rushmore, stayed in Custer. Then over to west Yellowstone the down to Jackson hole. Tell the driver to bring extra underpants and make sure jake and brakes are good. Enjoy
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Old Trail Town in Cody is neat to see. The short story is that a guy in the area went around starting in the 60's, and collected old buildings from various locations. He dismantled them and reassembled them in Cody to build an old west town out of original buildings. There's a cabin used by the Wild Bunch, a saloon with bullet holes in the bar, livery barn, cabins, general store, etc. All neatly lined up in a town. There's also the graves of Liver Eatin Johnson and others. It's a neat walk through history.

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Cody is well worth the trip. We’ve been there twice and will probably go back. I wouldn’t call it convenient to Yellowstone, but day trips in the toad are easily doable.

As someone already said, distances out west are huge. But looking back on the drive time between Cody and the Tetons, I don’t recall it being that long. But we went through the park. Many of the GPS units will route you around the park. The speed limits are low in the park, but depending on your timing, it isn’t that bad.

Still, if you are coming from the east, it might be best to go west first and make Cody your last stop in the area.

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