June 8, 2010
OK, I admit it. I’m addicted to cheesy tourist traps. Today, I finally had the chance to visit Ft. Cody in North Platte, Nebraska. Sitting off I-80, Ft. Cody looks like Hollywood’s version of a 19th century western US Army Cavalry post. Basically, Ft. Cody is a gift shop with a few exhibits depicting life on the Great Plains. Outside, within the stockade walls, are various weathered buildings, tepees, covered wagons, and a very tall, very stiff-looking, very surreal statue of a Native American. What the heck? I’m no believer in political correctness, but I found this offensive and unnecessary. At least there was no charge to roam the “fort’s” grounds. So, did I buy anything? Ah, yeah.