"NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA" North Platte by LoriPori

North Platte Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 54 photos


Saturday, October 3, 2009
Located in the southwestern part of the state of Nebraska, NORTH PLATTE is at the intersection of the I-80 and Highway 83.
North Platte is a railroad town, as Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located here. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight story building overlooking the railroad staging area.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is located near North Platte. It's a Nebraska living history park about Buffalo bill Cody. The Park includes his actual house, known as Scout's Rest Ranch (located 2 miles west on Highway 83 along Highway 30).
Also nearby our Motel is Fort Cody.


American Soldier - Bison Hunter - Showman - BUFFALO BILL CODY ( Feb 26, 1846 - Jan. 10, 1917) was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West and famous for the shows with Cowboy themes.
Cody put together a traveling show and in 1883, in the area of North Platte, he founded "Buffalo Bill's Wild West". Visitors to this spectacle could see feats of skill, staged races and sideshows. Many authentic Western personalities were part of the Show - e.g. Sitting bull and a band of twenty braves. Cody's headline performers included Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler, who put on shooting exhibitions. Buffalo Bill and his performers would re-enact the Riding of the Pony Express, Indian attacks on Wagon Trains and Stagecoach Robberies. The show typically ended with a dramatic re-enactment of Custer's Last Stand. Of course, Cody himself portrayed General Custer.
Profits from the show enabled him to purchase , in 1886, a 4,000 acre ranch near North Platte. Scout's Rest Ranch included an 18-room mansion and a large barn to house the show's livestock.
Cody is buried on Colorado's Lookout Mountain, in Golden, Colorado, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking the Great Plains, where he once hunted Buffalo.


Fort Cody Trading Post, in operation since 1963, is the home of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show - in miniature. The show, made by Ernie and Virginia Palmquist, took 12 years to carve and contains over 20,000 hand carved pieces - many animated. The Grand Parade features cowboys from all over the world, wearing costumes and carrying their country's flag. The Main Show in center ring features Buffalo Bill himself, cowboys, Native Americans and his friend, Annie Oakley.
OLD WEST MUSEUM - Authentic cowboy gear - vintage chaps, cowboy boots and hats, and beautiful saddles. U.S. Cavalry and Indian Wars items, Native Indian Beadwork, costumes and Skookum dolls.
FORT CODY TRADING POST -- Souvenirs and Gifts - Minnetonka Moccasins, T-shirts, Western Theme books. etc.

  • Last visit to North Platte: Oct 2009
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Lori, lovely little page about North Platte here. A pity it isn't served by passenger trains anymore. The Hospitality Inn really seems to have been a good deal with your Coupon Book.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    That is an interesting place of history. The name of Buffalo Bill reminds a lot: when I was a kid, he was often included in school yard games! I don't feel that occurs anymore!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    I never knew that Buffalo Bill Cody had been a Pony Express rider in his younger years.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Buffalo Bill Cody - he did get a nice name - and you found a nice motel to stay at near Fot Cody. Very good review.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    What a wonderful piece of Americana you happened upon! I love this kind of place. You certainly were lucky with the hotel--even the full price would have been quite a bargain!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    What a great find on the motel, Lori. It's obvious that you are a great traveler who does who research, finds the "deals", and enjoys the adventure. Another top-of-the-line page.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    That Fort Cody looks like out of a film! Would love to visit such a place :))


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