CODY -- The movie "Amelia" opened in theaters across the country last weekend, and moviegoers are learning about one of most famous American women of her time. But few people know Amelia Earhart had ties to northwest Wyoming.
She was having a cabin built in northwest Wyoming when she vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world. She left behind in Wyoming the partially built cabin and some personal possessions, which are now at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody.
The crumbling remains of the cabin stand in the Shoshone Forest near the ghost town of Kirwin.
Earhart and her husband, George Putnam, were good friends with Wyoming ranch owner Carl Dunrud and his family and had stayed at the Dunrud ranch.
"Dad said one of the things she really liked was the restful sound of the stream," James Dunrud, Carl's son, said.
John Rumm, curator of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, said Earhart had shipped some of her possessions to Dunrud in anticipation of moving into the cabin Dunrud had started to build for Earhart.
When Earhart disappeared, Putnam was distraught and told Dunrud not to do any more work on the cabin, Rumm said.
"Dunrud was left with these items belonging to Amelia Earhart, which he then donated to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center," Rumm said.
The items include a flight jacket that Rumm believes came from early in Earhart's flying career.
"To me it looks like the style of the 1920s, and it may be from her first solo flight," he said.
Another item is a bison coat that dates from the 1870s and was given to Earhart by a silent film actor, William S. Hart, he said.
The bison coat is on display in the Cody museum, while the flight jacket has been stored away.
"Amelia" stars Hillary Swank.