The Cody Quad Center for Swimming and Exercise
The Paul Stock Aquatics and Recreational Center, or the "Cody Quad Center" as it is generally called, opened in July 2001. The 105,000-square complex offers swimming, three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a running/ walking track, and exercise machines. The swimming area offers a large leisure pool, lap pool, therapy pool, and hot tub. The leisure pool features a teardrop, tumble bucket, and water slide for children. These water toy features are only operational from 3:30 - 8:00 P.M. weekdays, and 12:00-4:00 weekends. The center also offers day care for parents using the facilities, and locker rooms. Normal operating hours are 5:30 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. Saturday, and 12:00P.M.-8:00P.M. Sundays.
Attached to the Cody Quad Center is the Victor J. Riley Ice Arena and Community Events Center. This 33,336-square foot area is used as an indoor ice rink in the winter and spring, and a convention center during the summer and fall. Call 587-1681 to inquire about times that the ice rink is open for public use.
Remains of a World War II Relocation Camp
If you are interest in American history other than just the west, visit the remnants of the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. This was one of the relocation camps for Japanese during World War II in 1942-1945. The worst part about this is that these were not Japanese prisoner of war, these were people who were living in our country, had their homes and businesses in this country, and two thirds of them were even American Citizens. The camp housed 11,000 relocated Japanese and became the third largest "city" in the state of Wyoming. A foundation of dedicated people has formed to further develop this site to educate the public about this tragic rounding up of Japanese Americans along our Pacific Coast and Arizona, due to unfounded fears that they were a threat to our country. These people were only given a few days to dispose of, or secure their land, homes, and possessions before being moved to interment camps located in a number of western states. They could only take 100 lbs. of possessions per person, if they could carry that much. No pets were allowed, so beloved family pets had to be left behind. These camps became cities, complete with their own schools and hospitals. But these were not normal cities, as they were behind barbed wire with wooden barracks for homes, and guard stations around the outside. Despite this, more than 750 young men and women who were incarcerated during World War II at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp left to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Many more Japanese from the other camps joined the armed forces, fighting and dying the same as other young Americans. In the spring of 2007, this Relocation Camp was designated as a National Historic Landmark. There is an extensive plan to create a visitor learning center to tell visitors the stories of some of these people, and the hardships they were forced to live through. Although this center is still in the planning stage, a visit to the camp is still quite interesting. There are a few remaining buildings, and a short self-guided walking tour with interpretive signs to tell you about what this area was like. (See photos 4 and 5) This little known area, which is usually missed by tourists, is located about 12 miles outside of Cody on the left as you drive toward Powell, WY on Alt 14. Watch for the small brown historic sign located by the turn-off for this historic site. Photo two shows the Hospital Complex, which contained 150 beds. 566 babies were born in this hospital. Photo 3 shows boiler house with its tall chimney.
Visiting Cody Twice
We ride Harleys and take many trips during the summer. Rode thru Cody early August 2008 on the way home to Idaho from Glacier Natl. Park. Did not stay in Cody but spent about 5 hours wandering around town. Wanted to come back. Way too much to see and do in one day.
Good food at Irma Hotel.
Since visiting in 2008, we wanted to stay in Cody at the Irma Hotel in 2009 on our way to Sturgis SD. Made reservations in January 2009, confirmed Aug. 15 or 20, 2009, arrived about 3:30pm and was told that the people that had the rooms we had reserved decided to stay another night and that they did not have any rooms available for us. We had booked 3 rooms and they were going to stiff us for $157 per room and then they turn us away. Talked with 2 other couples that night that had had the very same experience. BAD BAD BAD BUSINESS
THE IRMA DOES NOT HONOR RESERVATIONS
My Home-Cody , WY
I am so proud of my hometown. We travel a lot with our camper and when we come home, I always feel that this town is equal to the best, and better than most. We have so much to offer tourists! The best time of the year to visit is spring, summer, and fall. Be aware that summer is when we are most crowded with tourists, but some things we have to offer such as the nightly rodeo are only open during prime tourist season. If you choose the less crowded times of spring and fall, check with Yellowstone if you plan to visit the park to see what the plowing (spring) and fall closure dates are. You cannot drive into the park from our gate (East Gate-50 miles up a beautiful valley) in the wintertime. Cody is also a nice place to live. We are a town of about 8,835 people, and Cody is the county seat of Park County, which contains about 25,786 people. We are about 106 miles south of Billings, Montana. Cody, Wyoming lies at an altitude of 5,095', has an annual average temperature of 46 degrees F, and about 300 days of sunshine a year. We have no state or local personal income tax, no state or local corporate income tax, no state or local inventory tax, and our sales and property taxes are some of the lowest in the country. If you enjoy wide open spaces, and wish to get away from the crowds, then Wyoming is the state for you. We have an average of five people per square mile, with a population of barely 500,000 people in the entire state.
"If You Only Have a Day"
If you have a day to spend in Cody and see nothing else, be sure to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. In 2008 the BBHC partnered with the Smithsonium Museum in Washington D.C. Under this partnership the BBHC and the Smithsonian will share artifacts and artworks. On Tuesday, October 7, 2008, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center was presented with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a White House ceremony. This is the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. This is a premiere museum, and even if you are only a little interested in museums, this is a don't miss. You may even be lucky enough to arrive during one of its special events such as the annual Indian Powwow that is generally scheduled for the third weekend in June, the annual Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout generally around mid August, the Cowboy Musicians, Twilight Talks, or special exhibits.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Draper Museum of Natural History has begun the DraperNHMuseum's Channel on Youtube. You can visit this channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/DraperNHMuseum
Cody has a lot of shops dealing in Indian and Western items. These are a few of the Indian items I have purchased in Cody.
View this link for live web cams of Cody, that reload every 3 seconds:
Reflection of Mammoth Hot Springs.
Buffalo and there is volcanic formations in the back ground. This is in the Wapiti Valley on the road from Cody to Yellowstone.
Road from Cody to Yellowstone
This is a castle Geyser. This has the largest cone and may be the oldest in the park.
If your lucky you may see one of these grey wolves in the park. We were going down one of the park roads and observed the wolf running along a creek. He was looking down in the creek and leaped in the water, caught a fish, threw it in the air backwards, ran over, picked it up and took off for the mountains. It was the most amazing thing. We got it on video.
This Geyser is called the Morning Glory Pool. Its one of the most popular springs in the upper basin. Has had an eruption in 1944 as recorded.
Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam ./' ./' ./' ./' ./'and the deer and the antelope play ./' ./' ./' ./'