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Fort Cody Trading Post, North Platte, NE

Nebraska’s largest souvenir and Western gift shop is dedicated to “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who slayed 4,280 buffalo from 1867 to 1868. The store is connected to a free Old West Museum, which features a two-headed calf from the 1940s and a miniature replica of Buffalo Bill’s traveling circus show—a couple whittled 20,000 pieces for the replica over 12 years. But perhaps the strangest sight is the customers: it’s not unusual to see adults donning headdresses and dancing around the store, beating drums and waving around toy tomahawks. Many are repeat visitors. As co-owner Leigh Henline says, “A person will burst through the door, take a deep breath, and announce, ‘Yes, it still smells like I remember it as a kid!’” —Jessica Su

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