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RENDEZVOUS ROYALE – A celebration of...

September 20th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

ren·dez·vous: (rahn-duh-voo) noun

1. an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.

2. the meeting itself.

3. a place designated for a meeting or assembling.

4. a favorite or popular gathering place.

All these definitions apply to the annual Rendezvous Royale, a fabulous week-long party here in Cody that celebrates all that is unique and great about western art! 

If you haven’t been to the Rendezvous before, be prepared for events and happenings all day, every day, for five days!  According to Kathy Thompson, the director of the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, people come from all over the United States to take part in the authentic western experience that is Cody.

Although Rendezvous Royale takes place the last full week in September, the activity actually begins in August, with the display of the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale’s Miniature Art Show.  These smaller works of art have all been created by the artists who have been invited to participate in the larger Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale that happens during Rendezvous Royale at the end of September.  The show hangs at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center until it’s time for the big show Read More


September 15th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It seems like every time we turn around, there’s another animal on the endangered species list.  We don’t hear too often about species that have become extinct in our lifetimes, because of the hard work that’s being done and attention that is paid to our animal friends from environmental groups and the national and state wildlife divisions.

But the case of the black-footed ferret is unique – the species was thought to be extinct in the late 1950s, until a small population (a group of ferrets is called a “business” – isn’t that cool?) was discovered in South Dakota in 1964.  When that “business” of ferrets began to decline, wildlife officials captured some of the ferrets to save the species.  However, the last of those died in captivity in 1974, and it was thought the species was officially extinct.

Then came a fateful day – September 26, 1981. I talked to a friend of mine, Dennie Hammer, who is now with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  On that day, Dennie was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the crew leader for a team searching for endangered species that might have habitats on land that was being considered for Read More


August 12th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Did you know that there are over 85,000 dams in the United States?  My goodness!  Just eleven of those are in Wyoming – and we’re really fortunate here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country to benefit from the Buffalo Bill Dam, construction of which began on October 19, 1905 and was completed January 15, 1910. The dam provides this area with irrigation water, electricity, recreation opportunities, and a great history lesson.

What’s neat about the Buffalo Bill Dam is not only the value of the crops raised on almost 100,000 acres of now-irrigated agricultural lands, the power generated by the four electric plants fed by the Dam, and the water used for the cities and towns downstream – it’s also the historical significance of how the construction of the dam changed this part of the country.

At the time of its construction, the then-named Shoshone Dam was the tallest concrete dam in the world, at 325 feet. It cost about a million dollars at the time to build the dam, which holds back about 400,000 acre feet of water in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Construction was difficult – because the region was so remote, it was hard to recruit and keep workers; additional Read More


August 5th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I’m really fortunate in that I get to visit with lots of folks as they come through Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  It’s funny, though, how many people ask the same questions!  So I thought I’d run down some of the more frequently asked questions and give you the answers, so you’ll be in the know when you come to visit!

1.  How far is it to Yellowstone National Park?

–  Answer:  It’s 53 miles from Cody to the East Entrance in Yellowstone.  However, once you get into the Park, you don’t run into any services until you get to Fishing Bridge, which is another 27 miles.  So don’t expect to just get in the entrance to the Park and be greeted by a friendly Yogi-type bear… you’ll have a ways to go before you can stop for a meal and a tank of gas!

2.  Is there lodging in the Park?

–  Answer:  There are some absolutely fabulous lodges and campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, all operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts!  (My personal recommendations:  Old Faithful Lodge and the Lake Hotel – AMAZING historic buildings!)  Reservations can be made by calling Xanterra at (866) 439-7375.  Better contact them early, though – they sell Read More

Corrie N. Cody Salutes the Old Faithful Inn!

May 20th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I was privileged last week to spend a weekend in Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful Inn.  What an amazing, historic place – the architecture alone is impressive, and then when you put it with the setting, oh my! 

A little history lesson, first – the Old Faithful Inn (along with the dining room and kitchen wing) was originally built in 1903; an east wing was added in 1914, and 13 years later the west wing was constructed.  The Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. I was SO excited, I got to stay in the east wing, and my room looked directly out to the geyser!  I just sat in my room, with its fancy Keurig coffee maker and historic atmosphere, and watched Old Faithful go off.  

I was also fortunate that I got one of the rooms that actually had its own bathroom… in the original building, folks who stay in those rooms (which are rustic and beautiful) have to share a hallway bathroom!

There are a couple of neat things that I liked about the Old Faithful Inn’s common area – number one, the HUGE fireplace and wrought iron clock in the middle of the lobby!  Read More


May 13th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

The community of Cody has always had a symbiotic relationship with Yellowstone National Park.  Folks coming from the eastern part of the country have to pass through Cody on the way to the country’s first National Park, so it’s a natural place to stop, get gas, spend the night, regroup and get ready for adventure.

The appreciation that this town has for the National Park system has been expressed for years – in part through a tradition that was started about 60 years ago by the Coe family, a prominent eastern family who had fallen in love with the Yellowstone region and made Cody their second home.  Their social relationship with the management of Yellowstone Park soon expanded to involve Cody’s business community, and soon “National Parks Day” became an annual event in Cody.  Usually held in mid- to late May, it offered both the staffers at Yellowstone, as well as the locals who have an interest in the Park, an opportunity to exchange information and get acquainted.  These days “Parks Day” incorporates an evening reception, business meeting and community lunch.  And it’s not just Yellowstone National Park that is recognized anymore – we also invite the Superintendent from Grand Teton Read More

Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List...

May 6th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I like to spend a little time every few weeks featuring cool things about Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.  And with the summer season closing in on us fast, I thought it was appropriate to shine the spotlight on one of Cody’s top attractions – the Buffalo Bill Historical Center! 

Here are my Top 11 reasons why you should visit the BBHC:

1.   Five different themes to explore.  Whether you’re into western art, the geological and scientific aspects of the Yellowstone region, firearms through the ages, Native American history, or Buffalo Bill Cody himself, there are five different wings to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that feature extensive artifacts, stories and treasures dedicated to those subjects!

2.  Appeal for all age ranges.  Young or old, techno-savvy or old-school, you’ll find wonders galore at the BBHC.  The Draper Museum of Natural History features interactive displays that are geared specifically toward the younger crowd, and adults in all age ranges will find the displays in every museum fascinating!

3.  The 30th Annual Plains Indian Powwow.  This event began in 1982 when just a few dancers and one group of singers stopped to participate on their way to another powwow. It has since grown to include several hundred Read More

Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List!

March 25th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments(1)

I love all the diversity that Cody and the surrounding area has to offer.  There are so many wonderful attractions, restaurants, scenic routes, hotels, coffee shops and unique stores, it’s hard to single any out for recognition sometimes!  So I thought that maybe, periodically, I should just pick a genre and let my dear readers in on what’s hot…  and since David Letterman has made the “Top 10 List” almost a signature line of his own, I decided to re-invent the list as “Corrie N. Cody’s Top 11 List”!

This particular Top 11 has to do with food.  I must confess, I’m a foodie.  I LOVE to eat.  I can’t say that I’ll try anything once (the idea of munching down on rattlesnake meat or any other unusual “delicacy” featured on some of those TV reality shows just turns my stomach), but I’ve eaten at all the restaurants here in Cody at one point or another and just HAVE to feature some of the finest that this town has to offer!

1. Mexican

If you’re into Mexican food, my goodness, you have choices here!  We’ve got four locally-owned Mexican restaurants: El Vaquero, Tacos El Taconazo, La Comida, and Zapata’s.  Friendly folks at all Read More

Big Hal and the Cowboys

March 18th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I saw an amazing sight the other day.

I saw a bear on a beaver dam… levitating.

Okay, so it wasn’t defying gravity on its own – a humongous construction crane was lifting the bronze bear from his perch near the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, where he had been pleasantly passing the past seven years, and was being transplanted to the new terminal at Yellowstone Regional Airport. 

Lee Haines, Public Relations Director at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, had called to let me know that this monumental (pun definitely intended) move would be taking place, and thought I might find it interesting for my blog.  Of course!!  How often do you get to see gigantic sculptures dangling in the wind?

So I bopped on over to the BBHC on a gorgeous almost-spring morning to watch a crew of museum employees and a crane operator take two statues, which had been fixtures at the Historical Center for several years, and move them to YRA.  It was so cool!  The crew very easily was able to lift the iconic “Code of the West” bronze and strap it tightly to the flatbed for its short trip up to the airport.  Big Hal, however, was Read More

American Cowboy Magazine names Cody one of...

March 11th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

I make no excuses, I love living in Cody!  There is NEVER an excuse to be bored, the people are fantastic, the scenery can’t be beat, and living away from the hustle and bustle of more urban areas is refreshing and rewarding.

So it just tickles me silly when I hear that Cody is being recognized by national magazines as being one of the best places to live, since those of us who dwell here already know that!  In its April/May issue, American Cowboy Magazine included Cody in its fourth annual “Best Places to Live The West” list!

According to DeAnna Jarnagin, associate publisher of American Cowboy, “This year’s entries truly live up to the Western ideal of places embodying the rugged, free spirit of the Western version of the American Dream.”  She cited authentic cowboy culture, spectacular scenery, great food and exposure to the history of the West as reasons that a town would get placed on this exclusive list.

Those of us who live here would love to say that Cody towers head and shoulders over any other Wyoming town for its western atmosphere and general live-ability, but to be fair, Sheridan has a spot on this list as well.  We’re Read More