Built between 1881 and 1882 in southeastern Wyoming, the Ames Monument was commissioned by the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) as a memorial to brothers Oakes Ames (1804-1873) and Oliver Ames (1807-1877) and their role in building the Transcontinental Railroad. The Ames Monument is sited on what was the high point of the UP, where it passed through the Laramie Mountains on its way west to meet the Central Pacific Railroad in northern Utah.
When you think of the American West, you don’t often think of Europe. But William F. Cody, widely known as Buffalo Bill, did. The American frontiersman, army scout and eventual showman was the founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West exhibition, a popular traveling show in the late 19th and early 20th century. When he first created the show, Cody’s ultimate goal was to make it to Europe.
Teachers and educators globally are beginning to incorporate technology more in their classrooms. Microsoft’s Skype in the Classroom breaks the walls of classrooms, allowing students to take virtual field trips to museums, zoos, and other institutions. One of the facilities is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. The museum has situated itself to be one of the program’s most prolific partners.