=18pxBuffalo Golf Club is an 18 hole public facility nestled at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in Buffalo, Wyoming. The Buffalo Golf Club has earned a reputation as one of the top courses in the state and has been called "a hidden gem".
Buffalo Golf Club is a multi- award winning course continuously earning a "4 Star" ranking from "Golf Digest" magazine and in 2009 was named the best municipal course in Wyoming. =18pxThe course offers four sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Players of all ages and skills are welcome to play on a daily basis. Memberships are available and are one of the most reasonable in the area.
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum has been a part of the Buffalo community since 1900 when Jim Gatchell opened a drugstore. The Buffalo Pharmacy was a stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous army scouts. As a trusted friend of the region's Native Americans, he received many gifts representing the culture including guns, war bonnets, tools, medicine bags, bows, arrows, and clothing. Soon local residents were donating mementos of Johnson County's historic names, places, and events.After Jim Gatchell's death in 1954, his family generously donated his collection to the people of Johnson County with the provision that a museum be built to house it. After three years of fundraising the museum was established, and in 2002 the museum achieved national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.In the early 1990s the museum hit hard times financially as Johnson County struggled with a declining economy. A group of community-minded individuals formed the Gatchell Museum Association, Inc. as a private non-profit organization with the mission of raising money for the future support of the museum. They have been building an endowment fund and supporting many museum projects ever since. One of their projects is offering membership to the museum.Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Take a step back in time at the Occidental Hotel, Saloon and Restaurant where weary travelers could find a soft bed and where many famous Old West figures stopped for refreshments. Known as the oldest opperating hotel in Wyoming it is famous for guests like Owen Wister-Author of the Virginian, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Tom Horn, Teddy Roosevelt and Calamity Jane. Johnson County is riddled with historic locations such as the Fort Phil Kearny site where you can learn about the Fetterman Battle and the Wagon Box Fight. Visit the Outlaw Caves, hideout to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or the famous TA Ranch where the Johnson County Cattle War came to a dramatic end. You will still find the original bullet holes in the historic old barn. Explore the Great Medicine Man Museum (Jim Gatchell Museum) filled with collectables from time past or to learn about Johnson County's western heritage. Enjoy a stroll along Buffalo's Historic Main Street, shop in unique historic buildings dating back 1804, view bronze sculptures or linger over casual faire at one of our distinctive restaurants.
The Bozeman Trail
Of all the overland trails blazed during the westward movement, the Bozeman Trail ranks as one of the most violent, contentious and ultimately failed experiments in American frontier history.Though the trail is named for John Bozeman, an emigrant from Georgia, who was said to have blazed the route, in actuality Native Americans had been using the route as a travel corridor for centuries. In 1863, Bozeman and partner John Jacobs widened this corridor for use as a wagon road. They were following in much the same footsteps as Captain William Raynolds had four years earlier in a mapping and exploration expedition for the Army Corps of Topographic Engineers.The impetus for the trail was as a shortcut to goldfields, in and around Virginia City, Montana territory. The Bozeman route left the Oregon Trail in central Wyoming, skirted the Bighorn Mountains, crossed several rivers including the Bighorn, then traversed mountainous terrain into western Montana.The trail had several advantages, including an abundant supply of water along with the most direct route to the goldfields.
The largest of the three forts built along the Bozeman Trail leading to the gold fields in Montana, Fort Phil Kearny was established by the U.S. Army on July 15, 1866 near present-day Story, WY, along with Fort Reno northeast of present Kaycee, Wyoming. and Fort C.F. Smith, Montana.Fort Phil Kearny's original purpose was to protect freighters, gold prospectors and other travelers along the “Bloody Bozeman” from attack by Plains Indians wary of further encroachment by pioneers and the military.?An 8-foot-tall wooden stockade fortified Fort Phil Kearny's 17 acres. Two major battles, the Fetterman fight and the Wagon Box fight, occurred near the fort along with numerous smaller skirmishes. The Fetterman fight in December 1866 resulted when Capt. William Fetterman allowed himself and his troops to be lured over a hill north of the fort and outside of timely supportive distance from Fort Phil Kearny. He and all 80 men in his command were killed by Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux warriors.The Wagon Box Fight, in August 1867 a few miles west of Fort Phil Kearny, developed when 32 woodcutters and guards were attacked by the forces of Oglala Chief Red Cloud. The men defended themselves with new breech-loading rifles, firing from a corral of wagon boxes and staving off the Indians until help arrived from the fort.After the U.S. government enacted the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, the forts along the Bozeman Trail were abandoned. Shortly after the troops left Fort Phil Kearny in the summer of 1868, it was burned down, probably by Cheyenne forces.Fort Phil Kearny was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1962. Now, trails lead visitors to the sites of the conflicts, and interpretive signs explain the events from the perspectives of both the military and Indian groups.
CRAZY WOMAN CANYON. One of the favorite tours of Johnson County locals and visitors alike. This tour takes its travelers along a single lane dirt road, past stunning canyon walls & the rushing crazy woman creek. Continue your travel up the mountain and enjoy the day fishing, hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling or just sight seeing. The wildflowers are abundant in June & there is always a chance you'll see elk, moose, deer, or even a black bear. You will see a gorgeous panoramic view of the snow capped mountains, just 15 minutes outside of town.
Fort Phil Kearny witnessed the dramatic events of Red Cloud's War, 1866-1868. Today, the site encompasses 1000 acres, including Fort grounds, two major battlesites, and rich wildlife habitat The partially re-created fort, visitors center and museum are headquarters for learning about the Bozeman Trail, and the famed Red Cloud's Wars. Fort Phil Kearny is a National Historic Landmark of the most fought over Military Post in the Northern Plains. Its short 2 year existence waw two major conflicts: the Fetterman and Wagon Box Fights and numerous skirmishes. Today the site offers four interpretative trails, a bookstore, museum, video, picnic grounds, and partial reconstruction of the original stockade. The site is managed by Wyoming State Parks, Historical Sites and Trails. Annual Events: Bozeman Trail Days: 3rd weekend in June: Living History Depicting Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, Settlers, with focus on a Major Theme. Wagon Box Fight Anniversary: August 2nd: Tour, Living History Program. May 1 - Sept 30: OPEN every day 8am-6pmOct 1 - Nov 30: OPEN Wed. - Sun. 12-4Dec 1 - April 30: OPEN by appointment. During the winter we would love to host you or your group. Please call 307-684-7629 to make an appointment.=15px?Fees: Wyoming residents $2, non-residents $4. Ages 17 and under are FREE May 1 - Sept 30: OPEN every day 8am-6pmOct 1 - Nov 30: OPEN Wed. - Sun. 12-4Dec 1 - April 30: OPEN by appointment. During the winter we would love to host you or your group. Please call 307-684-7629 to make an appointment.=15px?=15pxFees: Wyoming residents $2, non-residents $4. Ages 17 and under are FREE
A favorite tour for locals and visitors alike. Breath taking rock formations accompanied with the Crazy Woman Creek running down the middle of the canyon. The lower canyon is a narrow dirt road with towering rock walls up both sides of the road. Numerous guests at the Buffalo KOA have commented that out of all their traveling across the country, this Canyon was one of the most memorial places that they have visited. Probably the most asked questions by visitors is about the canyon's name. Like many landmarks and legends from the Wyoming frontier, there are competing theories about the canyon's namesake. One legend holds tha the canyon was named for the woman who, left to live alone in her teepee here, went insane. The other tells a tragic and violent tale of the settler who, after witnessing the capture and scalping of her husband by Indians, was driven insane. For centuries, Crazy Woman Canyon served as a passageway for Native Americans. It was a perfect staging area for war parties during the Plains Indian Wars.
Stop at the front desk for directions to this stunning canyon.
The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum is an American West museum in Buffalo, Wyoming, housed in a 1909 Carnegie Library building. The Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum has been a part of the Buffalo community since 1900 when Jim Gatchell opened a drugstore. The Buffalo Pharmacy was a stopping place for cowboys, lawmen, settlers, cattle barons, and famous army scouts. As a trusted friend of the region's Native Americans, he received many gifts representing the culture including guns, war bonnets, tools, medicine bags, bows, arrows, and clothing. Soon local residents were donating mementos of Johnson County's historic names, places, and events.After Jim Gatchell's death in 1954, his family generously donated his collection to the people of Johnson County with the provision that a museum be built to house it. After three years of fundraising the museum was established, and in 2002 the museum achieved national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
Jim Gatchell Living History Day is Saturday, June 23, 2018