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As a life-long history buff, I’ve always been a big fan of interpretive tours.  Although I prefer tours that combine walking and history – two of my favorite things – I’ll also sometimes take bus tours too. I once took one of those hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus tour in London and never bothered with the hop-off part because the guide was such a great story-teller and kind of hot. (He reminded me of someone I knew back home.)

Tours are a great way to scratch beneath the surface of any destination and learn the often-inspirational stories about the people who played an important part in its evolution.

But tours are not always available when I’m ready to take one. So I was thrilled to learn about a new partnership between the Park County Travel Council, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and a mobile app from a company called TravelStorys. This free app offers a GPS-triggered audio tour of downtown Cody with a focus on little-known stories about the Cody characters like Buffalo Bill and some of its famous visitors and supporters like Andrew Carnegie and Ernest Hemingway.

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The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has partnered on a walking tour project.

I recently downloaded the app and took it for a test stroll. As I walked down Sheridan Avenue I learned about a bank robbery that rocked the Cody world back in the day. And I learned things about the Irma Hotel – the hotel Buffalo Bill built and named after his daughter Irma – that I never knew before. Since I fancy myself a Cody historian, I was surprised and humbled to learn that I didn’t know everything there was to know about my chosen town.

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Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel is highlighted on the new TravelStorys walking tour.

The world-class Buffalo Bill Center of the West is gearing up for its centennial this year, so this is a particularly good time to learn or re-learn the history of Cody and the American West. And this new mobile app makes it easier than ever to do just that.

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Cody’s first bank robbery was at the First National Bank, now a jewelry store.

Until next time, I’m lovin’ life and finding new apps here in Cody/Yellowstone Country.