Visiting Kaycee, WY

Buffalo, WY

After reading about the history of  this part of  Wyoming we added the small town of Kaycee to our list of places we wanted to explore.  So earlier this week we drove about 40 miles south of Buffalo on I-25 to visit the tiny cowboy town (pop. 230).  Kaycee was incorporated in 1906 after the establishment of a small post office and general store.  The town was named after the brand “KC” used by its earliest homesteader, John Nolan.  The government required the name to be spelled out resulting in “Kaycee”.

Once you drive by the nice sign pictured above things go downhill from there.  While the town looks a bit rundown, it does have a beautiful fairly new school that houses all grades.  Western music star and rodeo champion Chris LeDoux resided on a ranch near Kaycee before he died from cancer in 2005 at the age of 57.  There is a bronze statue of him located in a small park near the main street.

Our main reason for coming to Kaycee was to visit the Hoofprints of the Past Museum, located on the main street across from the busiest spot in town, the town bar.

The little museum is filled with display highlighting the area’s history, including the Johnson County Cattle War, pioneer life, and outlaws who had hideouts in the nearby canyons.  The outlaws included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who hid out in a nearby canyon called the Hole in the Wall.

Pioneer kitchen items

Blacksmith tools

Sheephearder’s wagon

Kaycee’s first schoolhouse

Early classroom with a young school marm up front

After touring the museum we headed west of Kaycee to visit the area known as Hole in the Wall country.

We drove out an unimproved dirt road to Outlaw Campground, a small primitive campground on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Powder River.

At the bottom of the canyon is Outlaw Cave, notorious as a hideout for outlaws in the late 1800s.

We drove about a half mile from the campground up a very rough path to an area noted for some examples of Indian art.  A hiker passing through the area pointed out the location of the artwork inside a rock cove.

We have seen some outstanding artwork during our travels through southern Utah, so this site was not very impressive to us.

But nearby we found a teepee ring.  Indians would secure the base of their teepee with large stones that they would leave in place when they moved on.

Driving back to Kaycee we had to stop for an unusual figure crossing the road.

A Peacock!

Two days of touring in the Jeep!  That must mean the nimble hiker has a hike planned for our future if the weather cooperates.  More on that later . . .

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16 Responses to Visiting Kaycee, WY

  1. DAVID says:

    Thanks again for the pictures of places you go….Always interesting and I’ll probably never visit most of them..

  2. montanaclarks says:

    Yes, John, you better watch out–dust off your hiking boots!

  3. Gay says:

    How neat to visit Hole in the Wall. Pam looks right at home in the schoolroom…

  4. pmbweaver says:

    They did a great job with that museum. I like the way they even displayed the books in the schoolhouse. Is that school marm wearing the right attire?

    I can see why outlaws would hide out there. I wouldn’t go down that canyon.

  5. That school marm looks a little out of place in that getup!

    Boy, the weather sure has been a limiting factor in your stay in Buffalo!

  6. Jodee Gravel says:

    I love Chris LaDoux and was so sad when he passed. Wonderful to see the memorial for him. The museum looks like great fun added to the adventure of Hole in the Wall country. I bet the kids don’t mess with that school marm! Hope it cools off enough for more nimbleness before you have to move on.

  7. explorvistas says:

    Love the Underwood computers in Pam’s classroom, John!

  8. Sherry says:

    You two do find the most unusual things. Hoofprints of the Past Museum. I laughed when I read the name and your comment about things going downhill after the town sign. Seeing Hole in the Wall and Outlaw Cave would be cool . But I think that’s another place Ruby couldn’t take me though. Too bad since I would especially love to see those teepee stones. Were they really left there for that long a period of time? Or have there been recent teepees in the area? School marms beware.

  9. debbiemc14 says:

    Looks like a fun time. Funny to see a peacock!

  10. LuAnn says:

    You both must be itching to get back out on the trails. Such beautiful country!

  11. Jim and Barb says:

    We have spent many a fall in that area hunting over the years. Never spent too much time in town other than grabbing a bite to eat. Brought back lots of memories!

  12. Laurel says:

    Haha, “things went downhill from there.” We always enjoy stopping at little museums—that looks like a good one. The sheepherder’s wagon looks like a prototype for a travel trailer. 🙂 Pam, did it feel familiar standing in front of the classroom? :-))

  13. geogypsy2u says:

    You find the funkiest little places with the most amazing views.

  14. Visiting the museum and cave makes a person’s mind wander and daydream about how things were. They were a hardy lot.

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