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Visiting Buffalo, Wyoming, is an opportunity to step back in time to the authentic Old West.

Here are some tips to make the best of that experience:

  • Stay in the heart of downtown at the Historic Occidental Hotel & Saloon. It’s no secret, but for good reason. Founded in 1880, the hotel’s rooms are decorated with antiques and feature modern conveniences, including private bathrooms. Arrange a tour of the property for the afternoon. The bullet-riddled saloon comes alive in the evenings with live music, especially for the Thursday Night Bluegrass Jams.
  • Also downtown: The Clear Creek Trail and – for fans of the Longmire Mystery Series – the Busy Bee Cafe and the Bucking Buffalo Supply Co. The award-winning Gatchell Museum tells the story of significant events in the county that shaped the West.
  • In the summer, there’s a good chance you can include a night at the rodeo as part of your stay.
  • The Western steakhouse experience is alive and well at Cattleguard SteakhouseBozeman Trail Steak House and the Cowboy Bar & Grill. Other options like Pie Zanos offer excellent meals as well.
  • Stop by Mountain Meadow Wool to see the mill turn wool into yarn, hats, scarves and more.

In the summer, there’s a good chance you can include a night at the rodeo as part of your stay in Buffalo, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Tourism Association

For more information on Johnson County, visit VisitBuffaloWY.com.

Not only does David Osmundsen keep alive the craft of blacksmithing by producing items, he also teaches the skill to others at the Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing in Buffalo, Wyoming.

With nearly 50 years working as a blacksmith and gunsmith under his belt, Osmundsen has the credentials. He has been endorsed by the Wyoming Arts Council to teach blacksmithing as a folk art. He helped develop a teaching program using the National Curriculum of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America for the Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association. A member of the Wyoming Artist Blacksmith Association, Osmundsen has created items for dignitaries, including First Lady Rosalyn Carter; and for agencies such as the National Park Service and National Forest Service. His work has been on display at The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York; and The John Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin; among others.

Osmundsen’s main focus is education. He offers one- to four-week blacksmithing classes throughout the year. Students come from all parts of America, Canada and around the globe to attend. When not teaching, Osmundsen designs and builds ornamental iron gates, railings, building hardware and botanical iron sculptures for clients.

David Osmundsen has worked as a blacksmith and gunsmith for nearly 50 years, and he teaches blacksmithing skills to others at the Arrowhead Forge School of Blacksmithing in Buffalo, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Visit Buffalo

For more information on Johnson County, visit VisitBuffaloWY.com.

Buffalo and Kaycee, Wyoming, are among the few remaining authentically Western towns where the past and the present collide. This community is full of rich and diverse cultures keeping their heritage alive in everyday practice from agriculture to art, trade skills and music. Here, you can interact with experts while getting hands-on with ancient techniques still used today and hearing the incredible stories of individuals who keep our Native, cowboy and immigrant legacies alive today.

Come out to the TA Ranch for Buffalo Heritage Days, a fun day chock-full of history and entertainment. Learn from our wonderful historians, speakers, musicians and entertainers to see how the past and the present collide. This event promises fun for all with a kids’ corner, Basque and Indigenous dancing, and live canon firing and blank shooting from our reenactors! Take a photo with the family at the old-time photo booth or kick up your heels at the barn dance starring Wolf Creek Revival.

This is an event you do not want to miss!

Come out to the TA Ranch for Buffalo Heritage Days, a fun day chock-full of history and entertainment. Learn from our wonderful historians, speakers, musicians and entertainers to see how the past and the present collide. Photo courtesy of Johnson County Tourism Association

For more information on Johnson County, visit VisitBuffaloWY.com.

Red Wall Country is adjacent to the Middle Powder River at the southeastern end of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. It is an area rich in history of Native people, cattle barons, homesteaders and outlaws. The area lies within the BLM’s Middle Fork Powder River Recreation Area. The landscape was the setting of tales of Indian trails and warfare, Dull Knife Battlefield, Hole-in-the-Wall, Outlaw Cave and the Johnson County War. It is a land of colored canyons and hidden valleys of breathtaking scope. It is an iconic landmark of the American West.

The Hole-in-the-Wall was the site used in the late 19th century by the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, a group of cattle rustlers and other outlaws that included the Logan brothers, Black Jack Ketchum and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch.

The area was remote and secluded, easily defended because of its narrow passes, and impossible for lawmen to approach without alerting the outlaws. From the late 1860s to around 1910, the pass was used frequently by numerous outlaw gangs. Eventually, it faded into history, with gangs using it less often. Today’s travelers can reach the area in the comfort of their car and enjoy the views and vistas.

Red Wall Country is an area rich in history of Native people, cattle barons, homesteaders and outlaws. Photo courtesy of Johnson County, WY

For more information on Johnson County, visit JohnsonCountyWY.com.