Today I’ve got another #throwbackThursday post to share from the San Francisco road trip I took a few years back. On our first day in the car (where we decided it was a good idea to drive all the way across Nebraska—not something I’d recommend), we stopped in North Platte for dinner.
Just off the I-80 exit in North Platte, you’ll find Fort Cody Trading Post, an eclectic mixture of gift shop, museum and weird roadside attraction. Stop into the Trading Post’s general store purchase Western-themed tchotchkes and treat. Or visit the Old West Museum to see a taxidermied two-headed calf (I wish I was kidding), among other animal oddities, and the Buffalo Bill Miniature Wild West Show. The dioramas of Bill’s infamous shows are populated by more than 20,000 tiny hand-carved figurines and traveled across America and even to Europe in 1877.
Outside you’ll find a miniature Old West village as well as a towering Muffler Man in Native American garb. Over the past few years I’ve come to love Muffler Men simply for their variety and kitschiness (plus Chandler O’Leary from Drawn the Road Again has a great post about them).
Fort Cody Trading Post, 221 Halligan Drive in North Platte, Nebraska