American Northwest Trip, 2017: Old Trail Town

During my long drive across the entire state of Wyoming I stopped in Cody for a visit to Old Trail Town, a recreation of an old west town using authentic buildings collected from around Wyoming and Montana. The buildings were disassembled, moved and reassembled at Old Trail Town. Among the buildings here are original cabins used by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a saloon frequented by Cassidy’s “Hole-in-the-Wall Gang,” and the home of the Crow Indian scout who led Custer to Little Big Horn. There are also tons of historic Old West artifacts and grave sites of several notable Western figures.

It’s a nice little diversion on the way to or from Yellowstone for fans of the old west; I think the entry fee was $10. There weren’t many people there so I pretty much had the run of the place and was able to get some nice shots. I chose high-contrast processing for a lot of the photos to give them a more vintage feel. I considered going all out and converting them to black-and-white/sepia but decided it would be too much work. Perhaps I’ll convert a few of them at a later date.

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American Northwest Trip, 2017: Deadwood

Greetings, fellow readers, travelers, photographers, and writers. This is my first post since merging my blog with my author page. Hopefully, everyone who followed the old blog has been successfully migrated to this one.

I’ve posted a couple of teasers from my two-week trip out west last summer, including panoramas and my experience watching the total solar eclipse in Oregon. This group of photos is from my visit to Deadwood. I chose to stay there during my three nights in South Dakota because I was a huge fan of the HBO show and have always been fascinated with the Wild West. I thought it would be cool to walk in the footsteps of Deadwood’s famous residents.

I only had time to explore the main strip because I spent most of my visit taking day trips out of town, so it’s not really fair to render a judgment without having taken the time to fully check out everything Deadwood had to offer. Still, I found it to be kind of a disappointment, mostly just your average casino town, which isn’t really my cup of tea. Nevertheless, fans of the show will find a few points of interest in the photos below, such as the spots where Wild Bill was shot and his assassin was caught, the Bullock Hotel that was built by Seth Bullock after the events of the show, and a few establishments named after notable people and places such as Charlie Utter and the Gem Theater.

The drive in to town is interesting, as you steadily climb the Black Hills while passing “Bighorn Sheep Crossing” signs. Visitors to Deadwood also have the opportunity to view “gunfights” recreated in the middle of the street on a daily basis. I caught the tail end of one on video, which will be shared when I finish editing the movie that compiles all of my trip videos.

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