The Taste of the Wild West!

The Street at Old Trail Town

These are old, original cabins, businesses and wagons. The cabins have been moved from their original location and rebuilt and restored here at The Old Trail Town Museum in Cody, Wyoming.  Probably the most famous of which is the Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’s cabin.

Interior of Butch Cassidy’s and The Sundance Kid’s Cabin

Looking out of the window from Butch and Sundance’s Cabin I expected to see the Sheriff and Posse explode out of the Livery Stable opposite ……..

Looking out from Butch Cassidy’s and The Sundance Kid’s Cabin

… search of Butch and Sundance?

Original Wanted Dead Or Alive Posters

On arrival at the entrance cabin, to buy our tickets, we got a full description of the museum, how it came about and what to expect going round.  As we went round it was easy to imagine life in those days and smell and taste the Wild West!

Most of the cabins were named and had information of the history/origins of the cabin or store.  Great interiors for most cabins of artifacts from the appropriate era.

Old Saddles

Old Sea Chest

By going up one side of the “street” and coming down the other you see a few marked graves and monuments of renown men with the description of their do’ins: Jim White, John Jeremiah “Liver Eating” Johnston, John Colter, Jim Bridger and Buffalo Bill’s Grandson. Again the deceased had been moved here and reinterred.  In the barns containing the carriages and wagons there was even an old hearse straight out of a horror movie.

Monument at Jim White’s Grave


Interior of The Shell Store. First store in Shell, WY

There was even a one room schoolhouse, I am glad conditions had improved when I went to school!

One Room Schoolhouse Interior

Original Log Cabin

In homage to the era and to try and give a sense of place and the atmosphere, all of the images from this visit have been made in black and white (and not because I just love black and white).  I believe this monochrome view helps transport you back there.

Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 24.0mm-70.0mm f/2.6, Lexar Digital Film

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4 Responses to The Taste of the Wild West!

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  2. Lindsay and Gord says:

    Wonderful pictures, really enjoyed them.

  3. Nancy Mossip says:

    Wow fascinating. Great pictures. Check out Godless on Netflix from wild west in the 1880’s starring Michele Docherty(Lady Mary) and the actor who played Zoe on Nurse Jackie. I binged watched Very good. Hugs. Enjoy the journey. N

  4. Colleen says:

    Wow, that looks like a really cool place to try and visit one day. My maternal grandfather was born in the Oklahoma Territory. They later moved out to Colorado and then back to the state of Oklahoma later. Whatever schools he attended were most likely one-room buildings like that. He got his start in the oil industry by running mule teams around the oil rigs. Farm boy that he was, he knew how to control a mule. He later completed the equivalent of a GED by correspondence and went on to work for Chicago Bridge and Iron as the foreman of a crew of boilermakers that went from job to job before eventually settling down in NJ and opening his own steel fabrication and tank erection company. He came a long way from the prairie!

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