William "Buffalo Bill" Cody founds the city of Cody, Wyoming
In 1895, William Cody was instrumental in the founding of Cody, the seat of Park County in northwestern Wyoming.
The site where the community was established is now the Old Trail Town museum, which honors the traditions of Western life. Cody first passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities from irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. He brought with him men whose names are still on street signs in Cody’s downtown area – Beck, Alger, Rumsey, Bleistein and Salsbury. The town was incorporated in 1901.
In November 1902, Cody opened the Irma Hotel in downtown Cody, a hotel named after his daughter. He envisioned a growing number of tourists coming to the town via the recently opened Burlington rail line. He expected that they would spend money at local business including the Irma Hotel. Cody also expected that they would proceed up the Cody Road along the North Fork of the Shoshone River to visit Yellowstone Park. To accommodate travelers along the Cody Road, Cody completed construction of the Wapiti Inn and Pahaska Tepee in 1905 and opened both to guests.
Cody also established the TE Ranch, which was located on the South Fork of the Shoshone River about thirty-five miles from Cody. When he acquired the TE property, he ordered the movement of Nebraska and South Dakota cattle to Wyoming. This new herd carried the TE brand. The late 1890s were relatively prosperous years for Buffalo Bill's Wild West and he used some of the profits to accumulate lands which were added to the TE holdings. Eventually Cody held around eight thousand acres (32 km²) of private land for grazing operations and ran about a thousand head of cattle. He also operated a dude ranch, pack horse camping trips, and big game hunting business at and from the TE Ranch, on the South fork of the Shoshone River. In his spacious and comfortable ranch house he entertained notable guests from Europe and America.
Cody is a city in Park County, Wyoming, United States. It is named after William Frederick Cody, primarily known as Buffalo Bill, from William Cody's part in the creation of the original town. The population was 8,835 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Park County.
Cody is served by Yellowstone Regional Airport.
Cody is located at 44°31′24″N 109°3′26″W (44.523244, -109.057109).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.5 square miles (24.7 km²), of which, 9.3 square miles (24.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (2.52%) is water.
Cody's elevation is about 5016 ft (1,500 m) above sea level. The main part of the city is split across two levels, separated by about 60 feet (18 m).
Cody, Wyoming is a unique and historic community located at the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, in northwest Wyoming. Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody founded the town of Cody in 1896 with economic development in mind. In the true entrepreneurial spirit, Buffalo Bill used his stature and position to provide Cody with plenty of room to grow by providing abundant water supplies, affordable electricity, rail service and excellent highways. With the excellent infrastructure and prime location, Cody has grown to become the trade center for an area larger than some states. The end result is that Cody can provide the cultural and social amenities, shopping, family activities and the feel of a large city while maintaining the rural character and quality of life of a small western community.
Cody is located 52 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The 105-year old continues to prosper with its diverse economy, which includes oil/minerals, agriculture, timbering, light industry, Western Design and tourism. Oil was discovered near Cody in 1904 and several large producing fields are still located nearby. When the Buffalo Bill Dam, located just west of Cody, was completed in 1910, it was the highest dam in the world. Year-round recreational opportunities are almost limitless in Cody with the surrounding mountains, forest and wilderness areas.