While approaching North Platte from Interstate 80, one of the first landmarks seen is Fort Cody Trading Post.
Fort Cody is an old-fashioned roadside attraction. Outside it looks like a log stockade; inside it is a combination gift shop and museum, with Buffalo Bill Cody memorabilia and a miniature Wild West Show. Owner Chuck Henline said the most common question he gets from travelers is, “How do you get to the ranch?”
The ranch, of course, is the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, which showcases the restored 1880s Victorian home, horse barn and outbuildings of William F. Cody’s famous Scout’s Rest Ranch. The site features Wild West Show memorabilia, period household furnishings, picnic areas and walking trails. Cody owned about 4,000 acres, and the park encompasses 25 acres of the original ranch.
As folks at Fort Cody would tell you, it’s easy to find: north on Highway 83, then west on Highway 30, then north on Buffalo Bill Avenue. A Nebraska park permit is required to visit the park open late April through early October. Admission is charged to tour the Cody home. (308) 535-8035.
For more information about North Platte, contact the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-955-4528 or visit www.visitnorthplatte.com.
Listen and Discover more about Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo Bill State Historic Park
Find out about the history and adventure at Buffalo Bill State Historic Park in western Nebraska. Listen to NPR’s Tom Wilmer as he shares segments of his show “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer," in cooperation with Nebraska Tourism Commission and Geiger and Associates.