15.09.2013 - 15.09.2013
I have a new appreciation for Buffalo Bill Cody, after visiting Cody, Wyoming.
Though we did not spend much time there, we took a one-hour Cody Trolley Tour that fulfilled its promise, of 100 years of history in one hour.
Seems William Cody was so sure people would be drawn to the grandeur of the American West, that he founded the town of Cody in the early 1880's with the idea of tourists in mind all along. Of course, he was helped by the fact that just a few years before, Yellowstone had become the nation's first national park, and it just happened to be a few miles west of the Cody townsite.
The Irma Hotel, which Bill Cody built for the "discriminating" traveller of the day, is still in downtown Cody. One can just imagine the ladies with their bustles and the gents with their handlebar mustaches walking down the grand staircase, and exclaiming over Bill's collection of mounted wild game trophies in the hallway. The dining room still has the stamped tin ceiling, and the broad porch invites one to view the happenings on the street in front.
Streets are wide in Cody, as they have been since the town was platted. Doubt Bill could foresee the autos coming in about 30 years, but the town was well-prepared for them. The tour we took pointed out many neighborhoods, including the old red light district, the numerous saloons and the few churches, as well as more current structures such as the Cody Museum and the golf course.
Altogether, an interesting town with a great history!