A Fun, Safe Side Trip….

by dodo bird


On my trip to search for Forrest Fenn’s treasure at Yellowstone Park, I decided to take a break and visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. It’s no secret that Forrest was on the board of directors there and has donated items from his personal collection. And I just really like museums. The Buffalo Bill Center contains five museums and for just an 18$ admission you can come back the next day. Seeing how people used to live makes me appreciate how easy our lives are now.

I left Yellowstone through the east entrance. On the way to Cody i stopped at the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. There, I found on display remnants of the old dam workings. I thought this huge wooden clad concrete ball was interesting.

It was lowered into the water to plug a pipe that carried runoff water to discharge below the dam. the huge ball was bigger than the pipe to act like a stopper. it wouldn’t fit through the pipe.

Arriving at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, I first toured the Draper Museum of Natural History. The Byrd Naturalist cabin is at the beginning.

I met and talked to Mike Brown,who is head of security.
The Draper is set up like a spiral ramp at a parking garage. You start out at the 10,000 foot level of elevation and descend to 4,500 feet always turning left.

The Draper houses the sights, sounds and smells of Yellowstone. caution small children not to be afraid. The floor of the Draper is carpeted and smooth so footing is no problem. It’s an easy hike,all downhill. At an archaeology exhibit i took this photo.

There are touch screen quizzes for the kids to test their knowledge of the outdoors.

So hear me all and listen good!

Four more museums to go!

by Dodo Bird-

45 thoughts on “A Fun, Safe Side Trip….

  1. There is a painting by Remington that depicts Native Americans taking out the nigh horse (one in front). Or the lead horse of a stagecoach therefore taking down the rest of the horses.

  2. Is that pictured rodent called a Whistler? He’s a cute little guy. Is the Fenn Cache kept at The Buffalo Bill center? I would really love to see it.

    • Heidini- I dont know if that is a Whistler or not, i never paid much attention to squirrels. and as far as to whether or not the Fenn cache is at the Buffalo Bill Center, i dont know the answer to that either but i did happen to look up the meaning of the word “trove” that he used in the poem. being a dodo bird i must occasionally find out the true meaning of some words as im easily confused.

      a store of valuable or delightful things
      and used in a sentence- “the museums trove of antique treasure”

      i wish Forrest would have wrote…”and leave my treasure chest for all to seek”

      sure would make my life a whole lot easier.
      believe me.

  3. My brother and I once found a white Folsom arrow point near Cabezon, NM, translation; the Bald headed one, it was less than 2″ in length and unselfishly sent it to be displayed at the Illinois State University Archeology Dept.


  4. I think we should all plan a safe trip whether the main course or on the side.
    I wonder what the rodent was saying.

    • Sparrow- no i’m not extinct. thats a nasty rumor started by a couple of iron chickens. i’m an icon of extinction according to wikipedia. i kind of like being an icon, i feel important. im sorry to learn of the demise of your cousins the Dusky seaside sparrow. furthermore, im considering placing imagination on the endangered species list. due to the comments on this thread. i thank you all for the kind comments directed toward me but i’m saddened by the fact that nobody made any connection between my visit to the Draper and Forrest’s book and poem. unless, those who have are keeping quiet about it.

  5. We also went to these museums on our last visit to Yellowstone. I wouldn’t have known about them except we heard about them on this web-site!

    Our family had a wonderful visit there!

  6. Thanks for sharing Dodo Bird,
    Nothing as memorable as a cool family outing. The oversized wooden plug left me feeling really thirsty and a little squirrelly. Thanks for sharing

  7. Thanks for sharing, Dodo Bird! I was picturing this place as being more like a classic small-town Carnegie Library, but am surprised by its scale and museum-like stature. Will definitely give this a stop when I’m in the area! 🙂

  8. There are many cool, hidden places in every state.
    Recently, we roamed Arkansas, and ended up in Murfreesboro. A big sign with an Indian, pointed to the KA DOH HA Indian Mound Village.
    For a few bucks, we toured a big field with deeply dug holes in the middle of out of placed mounds. The archeological recreation of bones and burial items was really interesting.
    As we examined each panoramic scene in the museum, there, in a wooden framed shadow box, was a Clovis spear point…donated by…wait for it…FOREST FENN! It was a pink hued flint, beautiful.
    It seems, I run into Fenn stuff or things that remind me of the Chase all the time!
    Thanks, F, for helping out that little museum! They sure we’re proud of it!

    • Thanks Donna M, that’s close to me. I think I’ll go check that out… I didn’t know Forrest donated a spear point to them….
      Thanks for the info… I hope you enjoyed your trip… have a great night…… see ya

      • It’s pretty neat, Focused! But they salt the plowed field with flint chips, ours had a “W” written in it! Lol

  9. Did mr.fenn say he started from home hide the treasure and was back that late afternoon?? It seems it was the case, the way I read from some of the articles people have written .

    • Norman, I’ll answer that, NO! He never said that. Only that he completed both hikes to his parked car, to hide the treasure, in one afternoon. Never said he left his house, hid it. He could have been in any of the four states for vacation, busines, ect. That’s just too big of a clue for F to give!

    • Also, you’ve mentioned on multiple occasions that it took two “trips” to secret the chest and contents to a very special place. Perhaps someone has already asked this, but I’ve not found an answer yet posted or video recording that contains an answer. Forgive me if this is redundant, but were both trips made on the same day/date? Not to be anal, but that would be one spinaroo of the giant ball we call Earth that constitutes a single 24-hour day to its humble inhabitants.

      Thanks so much.
      Kind Regards,

      Joe, you make this thing so complicated. Reminds me of the reason I don’t like meetings. I hope you don’t belong to a PTA someplace. I made two trips from my car to the hiding place and it was done in one afternoon.f

      Answer to another Q&A ~Ron, your question sounds like a travelogue, but I’ll answer it. No, I don’t want to be that bold. But I will say that I walked less than a few miles if that will help. I just looked “few” up and one definition is “scant.” Why do I sound like I’m talking in circles? f

  10. randawg- here is the chest the poem speaks of. in my photos above see the archaeology display. the large wooden chest with the letters “IN” on the lid. just take (a photo) the chest (this box) and go in peace.
    if you are brave and “IN” the wood.
    just take the chest and leave my bones. (bones in the display.)
    get it?

    I think.

    *the blaze is feet.

    • randawg- in Forrest’s book TFTW the chapter “My Prehistoric Friends”.
      imagine yourself as the indian family looking at the archaeology display at the Draper. kind of all makes sense now doesn’t it.

      I think.

    • dodo—

      The backpack is covering up other letters. It isn’t the word IN. I’m not sure what you are saying here, but I don’t think it is relevant.

      • Sparrow- yes the backpack does cover up other letters so that ONLY the letters IN are showing. this is done on purpose. I know this to be fact because when I visited the museum in 2013 the backpack was laying loose on top of that wooden chest. I lifted the lid of the chest looking for the bronze box. the bronze box is not inside that chest. the backpack tried to fall off, I caught it and replaced it as best I could. at the time, I had no idea of the significance of the wooden chest and the letters IN. the thoughts would come to me later as I examined photos I took while at the museum in 2013. I called Dr. Preston curator of the Draper and told him what I had done. he informed me that the archaeology display was a work in progress and wasn’t finished yet. he also informed me that he talked to Forrest Fenn about me and Forrest assured Dr. Preston that the bronze box was hidden nowhere in the Buffalo Bill center of the West.
        fast forward to 2015. once I understood that the wooden chest at the Draper is in fact the chest or the poem, and the letters IN are from the “brave and in the wood” line, I returned to the Draper to see if the backpack was still there and the letters IN were exposed. they were, it was, in fact the backpack is now screwed down permanent and the lid to the chest is screwed down as well. the chest houses electronic devices to run the touch screen quiz at the display. (answers I already know).
        this is the solution to Forrest’s poem. you are to visit the Draper, take a photo of this chest and go in peace.
        that’s it.
        this is indeed relevant Sparrow. its half the battle. now I’m searching for the bronze box and as for its location there in no poem, no clues no hints. my adventure has just begun.

  11. howdy folks. ive been let out of my cage and intend to tell all. the solution to Forrest Fenn’s poem is right here on this thread. read it and weep.
    the Buffalo Bill Center of the west is stanza one. photo.
    Yellowstone to cody, WY is stanza two,
    HOB is the Byrd naturalist cabin at the Draper museum. photo.
    the Draper experience is stanza three. photo.
    blaze is the feet of Harold McCracken,
    chest is the wooden box with the letters “IN” on the lid, TAKE a photo. photo.
    Forrest left his trove, at the museum for all to seek.
    the answers he already knows are the answers to the touch screen quizzes. photo.
    hear me all. photo
    effort worth cold is the year round temperature controlled museum.
    brave and “IN” the wood. photo.
    title to the gold is the poem.

    I think.

    • Ummmm…. congratulations(?)
      Your solution did make me weep. Have fun with your photo of that wooden box. I’m still gonna search for the bronze treasure chest.
      Thanks for the humorous post.

      I think?

      (PS: If I print a copy of your box pic, does that mean I solved it too?)

      • randawg- no, you have to make the trip to Cody yourself and shoot the chest with a canon. or any camera. second place is available.

        I think.

    • Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

      Don’t forget to visit the “Robert W. Woodruff Gallery of Embellished Arms” while you are there. (SB 14? – makes me chuckle anyways)

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