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Explore the West at the Museums

The temperature is headed back up:  34 today, 48 tomorrow, and 55 on Monday–what a difference a few days makes!

The Railroad Museum is having a Ride the Rails Saturday, so if you visit today, you’ll be able to take a train ride around the museum grounds.  They are also opening two new exhibits today.  To Market: Trains at the National Western Stockshow – This small exhibit examines the part railroads played in making the Denver Western Stockshow what it is today. Buffalo Bill: Trains and the Wild West – Explore Buffalo Bill’s ties to the railroad using objects and paper ephemera that tell the story of an adventurer and his show that helped define the American West.

Speaking of Buffalo Bill….  William Cody (Buffalo Bill) is a big deal around here because he spent a lot of time here and ultimately asked to be buried on Lookout Mountain.  His Museum and Gravesite is one of the biggest tourist draws in the state, because people from all over the world still see him as the quintessence of the American West.  The 100th Anniversary of his death will be this week, on Tuesday January 10th.  On that day, the Museum will hold a candlelight vigil at his grave, at 7PM, followed by hot chocolate  in the Pahaska Teepee Gift Shop.  They will offer free admission all day on January 10th.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is collaborating with many organizations throughout the state to commemorate this centennial year, so expect to hear even more about him than usual in the coming months.