Old Trail Town is a collection of historic buildings and western artifacts that provide a hands-on way to experience Wyoming's frontier history. Located in west Cody along the Yellowstone Highway, the collection of buildings and artifacts marks the area originally surveyed as Cody's town site by Buffalo Bill 1895.
Most of the collection came from within 150 miles of Cody. Many buildings were dismantled, then reassembled at Trail Town.
Current projects include an outlaw's cabin brought from near the Montana border. Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid used the cabin as a hide-out. Mud Spring Cabin at Trail Town was also used by Kid Curry and the Sundance Kid before they held up a bank in Red Lodge, Montana. Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and other outlaws in the region met at yet another cabin brought in from Hole in the Wall Country. It was built by Alexander Ghent built the cabin in 1883.
Perhaps the most interesting is Curly's cabin, from Crow Agency, Montana. Curly was a scout for General Custer and was with him before the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876, escaping just before the conflict. The government built his cabin in 1885, rewarding him for his service to the country.
Many of the buildings were taken completely apart, moved to the new site, and reassembled. The Trail Town collection now consists of over 25 buildings, dating from 1879 to 1901, one hundred horse drawn vehicles, plus an extensive collection of memorabilia of the Wyoming frontier and Indian artifacts.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
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