This is my favorite time of year in the north from November 15th to December 25th! In our small, rodeo capital of the world town, Cody WY, we are busy getting ready to celebrate and we have weekends full of plans and events and just great community activities all around. This year I am helping in a fun way at our historic Old Trail Town! This great, little, historic, step-back-in-time town is a great supporter of the western way of life, rodeo, and the old west!
Each cabin is sponsored by locals and businesses. This year I am sponsoring the old Shell Store at the town. It is a wonderful way to be involved in your community and to give back in a season revolving around giving. This blog is to kick off the holiday season with some cheer and to jump start you on thinking what is happening all season long from Thanksgiving to Christmas and how you can give back to your community. And share that with your family.
Below is a history of Old Trail Town, a link to watch last year’s Christmas video, and some photos of the great fun you can have giving back to your community when you take a few hours out of your day to do something for someone else.
Old Trail Town and How it all began!
Bob Edgar, a native of the Wyoming Big Horn Basin, had developed an interest in archaeology and history at a young age. After exploring much of the region and having spent seven years working as an archaeologist for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (now Buffalo Bill Center of the West) in Cody, Bob realized that the old historical buildings and associated materials were rapidly disappearing from the landscape.
In the spring of 1967, the work began to gather the historic buildings and relics to be displayed at a site on the west side of Cody, WY in northwestern Wyoming just east of Yellowstone National Park. This was the area Buffalo Bill and his associates had chosen for the first town site of “Cody City” in 1895.
Many of the buildings were taken completely apart, moved to the new site and reassembled. The Old Trail Town collection now consists of 26 buildings, which date from 1879 to 1901, one hundred horse drawn vehicles, an extensive collection of memorabilia from the Wyoming frontier and authentic Indian artifacts.
Every year the first weekend in December Old Trail Town puts on a Holiday Open House with holiday treats, live music, and a tour of the old western town all light up with Christmas cheer. It is a great event that is free to the public to give back in the season of giving!