Fort Cody Trading Post - North Platte, Nebraska
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 41° 08.617 W 100° 45.906
14T E 351871 N 4556201
Quick Description: Fort Cody Trading Post at the I-80 / Hwy. 83 interchange is home to the Buffalo Bill's Miniature Wild West Show, a muffler man, a 2-headed calf, and oh-so-much more.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 1:37:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ZGJ
Fort Cody Trading Post is mostly a gift store, but if you wander inside the replica "Wild West" fort you'll find the amazing Buffalo Bill's Miniature Wild West Show. The miniature show, made by Ernie and Virginia Palmquist, took 12 years to carve and contains over 20,000 hand carved pieces, many of them animated. You'll see a parade with many of the circus acts that accompanied Buffalo Bill on his world tour: the snake charmer, the fat lady, and the knife thrower. In the main ring you'll see Buffalo Bill himself, cowboys, Native Americans, and his friend Annie Oakley. There are even crowds of miniature people, watching the show. The show is free and the animation runs for about 15 minutes and starts every 30 minutes.
Along with the famous miniature show you'll also see the regular curiosities, including a stuffed 2 headed calf. Out back is a huge muffler man, a jail, fake outhouse, fort towers, and other fun things for the kids to explore. It's definitely a roadside attraction style of place, so be prepared for kitsch galore.
During the summer they're open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. In the off season they are open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]
The attraction’s own URL: [Web Link]
Hours of Operation:
Summer: daily 9am to 10pm
Off season: M-Sat. 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 5:30pm
Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour
Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle Only
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