Saturday, October 13, 2012

[jules' pics] Thermopolis -> Cooke City

The mornin' starts with more of the very best nuthin' nuthin' nuthin'. Oh there's a truck!

Someone called Buffalo Bill Cody founded the metropolis of Cody, but these days more than bison are to be found - the cake, coffee and sandwiches were all delicious.
Cody, Wyoming

Cody has a large expensive museum complex all about Buffalo-san. Instead we strolled around the Old Trail Town which is an elegant street of old historically significant buildings moved log-by-log from various places.
Cody Old trail town - cart
Cody Old trail town - store
Cody Old trail town - schoolroom
Cody Old trail town - bar
Butch Cassidy and pals (I thought they were fictional!)
Cody Old trail town
Graves of hoodlums, doogooders and victims
Cody Old trail town - graves
Another street view

Then we took the scenic route. Labelled as pericoloso et dangereuse (Oh, wait, that's the Verdon gorge) Chief Josephs' Highway was actually a wide clear road. Smoke from the fires caused the views to become monochrome.
View from Chief Joseph Highway
Later on a pointy peak appeared
Bear tooth peak, Cooke City
If the name of this cafe in Cooke City is anything to go by, the peak must be called "beartooth".
Beartooth Cafe, Cooke City
Cooke City is at the edge of Yellowstone and the evening stop was Mammoth, well inside the park... but there there are so many Yellowstone photos to work through that this post must stop here at afternoon tea root beer (amazingly, Americans still can't make tea).

Posted By Blogger to jules' pics at 10/13/2012 05:35:00 PM


Callan Bentley said...

Actually, the horn you showcase in the penultimate photo is Pilot Peak, not the Beartooth. The Beartooth is distantly visible to the north once you get way up on top of the Beartooth Plateau - the road that leads over to Red Lodge, Montana.

jules said...

Thanks - On further Googling I see that the mountains in that area are called the Beartooth mountains, and that the road is called Beartooth Highway, and that Cooke City seems o be just over Beartooth Pass..

David B. Benson said...

Buffalo BIll almost surely did not found Cody. That's a urban myth.

jules said...

Wilipedia says: "In 1895, Cody was instrumental in the founding of Cody, the seat of Park County in northwestern Wyoming."

I do not see any discussion of this on the talk page, so you had better update Wikipedia yourself with your superior sources.

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Cooke city is about 1/2 hour or 45 minutes West of Beartooth Pass on Hwy 212. If you had turned right instead of left at 212 you would have gone to the top of the Beartooth, which is about 11,000ft up in the air.

It is an absolutely spectacular drive, so it gives you something to do next time you are in the area!

David B. Benson said...

If Wikipedia says it is so it must be true. I'm under the impression he simply agreed to the name and maybe gave the actual founders US$50 or so.

That's how Three Forks became Pullman.

David B. Benson said...

Rumsey’s father, Bronson Rumsey II was one of the founding fathers of Cody, Wyoming. from

Cody and several friends returned to develop the surrounding lands and build a community. By 1902, the town was incorporated and Cody opened his famous "Hotel in the Rockies", the Irma, named after his youngest daughter. from
so, to my complete surprise, it does appear that bison killer Bill was indeed one of the founding fathers.

James Annan said...

Hooray for wikipedia!