Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody – A brief history:

Every year thousands of tourist flock to Cody Wyoming in search of a little history, good western food and amazing sites. Cody Wyoming is famous for alot of western folklore and colorful characters. Among a few where Liver Eating Johnson, Annie Oakley, and of course Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody was born William Fredrick Cody in 1846.

Before the age of 21, William, had done everything a young boy could possibly imagine.

He had been, — a rider for the pony express, a hunter, fur trapper, guide for the numerous wagon trains traveling across the plains, an Indian fighter, message scout for the Army during the Civil War, and later young Cody scouted Indian War parties for the United States Government.

By the time he turned 21 he was a seasoned frontiers man. He met a woman, Louisa Frederici, married and headed west where he took a job with the railroad. As an expert marksman, he was soon responsible for feeding the workers of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. During his 18 months of employment he had slaughtered over 4,300 buffalo. Word quickly spread and he became known as Buffalo Bill Cody, the champion buffalo killer of the plain.

After the railroad was finished Buffalo Bill Cody went back to scouting for the Army, where he met a dime novelist that wrote about famous frontier characters. He picked Buffalo Bill as his next hero.

In a book called “Buffalo Bill, King of the Border man” tales of his daring escapades transformed Cody into a living western folklore. William Fredrick Cody became an overnight western sensation.

As his popularity and fame grew, he began to tour the country, doing plays based on the stories of his life. Everyone loved him. But a man of vision, Cody wanted to do more than plays. He wanted to offer to the world the real thing. He then began the Wild West Show. With his Wild West Show Cody gave the country Cowboys and Indians, genuine rough riders, sharpshooters, and best of all – real live animals.  Where ever he went, Cody would invite the local orphanage children to watch his shows, seating them in ringside… at no charge. He eventually toured the world with his Wild West Show and won the hearts of everyone who came to see him.

When Cody wasn’t touring he guided hunting parties, famous visitors, and US Generals through the west.
It was on one of these trips that Cody guided a geologist from Yale University through the big horn basin. The wonder of this freshly found wilderness and the close proximity to what is now Yellowstone National Park stayed with Cody and he planned to return.

As destiny would have it two decades later Cody met up with a group of men who invited him to take part in a new land development in the very same location that had enchanted him earlier on. With Cody’s reputation and prominent position in society Cody proved to be a sure thing. Together Cody and the 5 men, Beck, Blienstein, Alger, Salisbury, and Rumsy laid out the town site.

Now fifty, Cody planned to create the perfect city in the Rockies- a place that offered comfort and culture to world travelers, and, at the same time obliged to the local ranchers and future rural settlers.  Buffalo Bill reserved a corner on Main Street for his Grand Hotel of the Rockies The Irma Hotel named after his youngest daughter, Irma.

In those days Yellowstone was a 2-day ride by horses. Buffalo Bill Cody provided his visitors with overnight stops at two lodges, the Wapiti Inn centered in the beautiful Wapiti Valley and Pahaska Teepee – now the east gate to Yellowstone. Through his friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt he had the first state highway built in Wyoming and established the Shoshone National Forest Service, the first in the nation.

Shortly before his death in 1917 he made a death pact with his longtime friend, Dr. David Franklin Powell (White Bear). White Bear, ¼ Seneca Indian, was to be buried on Red Butte and Buffalo Bill Cody was to be buried on Cedar Mountain, so that their spirits could protect the little town that lay between them. William Fredrick Cody, better known to the world as Buffalo Bill Cody died on route to Denver and there he is buried, leaving White Beaver alone, to safeguard the valley.

Some say that after Codys death White Bear’s family removed his body from Lookout Mountain in Denver and moved him to Cedar Mountain where he and his heart belonged, watching over his little city of Cody.

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