Fort Cody Trading Post
Over the years roadside souvenir stands have been given a bad name, well this is one shop that’s worth the trip. It’s not just any souvenir shop, inside you’ll find a museum, a two-headed calf and a plethora of off the wall goodies to commemorate your trip.
When it comes to Western souvenirs, Fort Cody Trading Post has everything, from cowboy gear to plush buffaloes, Jackelope statues, toy animals, and tons of clothing for all sizes and ages.
The back portion of the Fort Cody building contains a small but impressive museum devoted to Buffalo Bill Cody. Its centerpiece is the spectacular Buffalo Bill’s Miniature Wild West Show, featuring over 20,000 figures painstakingly hand carved in wood by Ernie and Virginia Palmquist. Many of the figures are animated — there’s a train that runs around the circus tents, and animated bucking broncos, sharpshooters, and more. Recorded audio narration tells the story of Buffalo Bill, his traveling Wild West show, and the creation of the miniatures. The show runs for about five minutes every 30 minutes.
If you’re in town on a Thursday in the summer don’t miss out on the live music in the stockade and you won’t want to miss out on all of the other offbeat treasures you’ll find every day of the week.
With all of that is there any wonder that Fort Cody gets Buffalo Bill’s coveted Buffalo of Approval?
Location: I-80 & U.S. Highway 83 Interchange – North Platte
Hours of Operation: Summer Hours Memorial Day – Labor Day 9am-9pm seven days
Winter hours: 9am to 5:30pm Monday-Sat, 12pm – 5:30pm Sunday