Meeteetse, Wyoming to Dedicate New Visitor Center May 6
CODY, Wyo., April 29, 2022 – The town of Meeteetse in Northwest Wyoming will dedicate its new visitor center Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a two-hour reception. The event is open to the public.
The new center will be located at 1906 State Street just steps away from where famed outlaw Butch Cassidy was arrested in 1894. The center is managed by Discover Meeteetse, the town’s organization devoted to tourism and economic development.
“We are so excited to embark upon a new beginning as we celebrate our heritage and authenticity,” said Kristen Yoder, director. “We have some interesting stories and look forward to telling them.”
The visitor center will feature a help desk, brochure racks, Shoshone National Forest map, free wifi and complementary coffee.
Meeteetse traces its roots to 1877 when Otto Franc first visited and made plans to relocate. He started the Pitchfork Ranch two years later bringing cattle from Texas and Montana. With a population of less than 500, Meeteetse has changed little over the years and is enjoyed by visitors seeking a quiet and authentic experience.
Among the town’s attractions are:
Three museums that comprise Meeteetse Museums and include permanent exhibits such as “Made in Meetetsee: The Black-Footed Ferret,” which celebrates the remarkable rediscovery in 1981 of the species which was thought to be extinct. The Charles Beldon Museum of Western Photography houses several permanent exhibits including photography and artifacts from the region. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bank Museum displays artifacts such as the original bank vault and safes from the original museum, built in 1901.
The Historic Double D Guest Ranch, located in the mountains of the Shoshone National Forest, was established by Carl Dunrud in 1931 and operated as a dude ranch through 1942. Amelia Earhart was just one of many famous guests.
The Kirwin Ghost Town is an abandoned mining town located in the high Absaroka Mountains. Visitors explore the storage/shop facilities, cabins, sheds, mining offices, various collapsed structures, assay office and machinery remaining at the location. A short hike away is the foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin, intended to be her summer home before her disappearance. The US Forest Service also offers forest-related information for tours.
The Meeteetse Chocolatier was started when a local cowboy began producing and selling high-end chocolates at the Cody Stampede to raise money for a new saddle. Some 18 years later the store is going strong on State Street.
The building that houses the Cowboy Bar was once the residence of Butch Cassidy. It also features some 56 bullet holes.
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.
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