Buffalo Bill Cody, William F. History

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Col. William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody is the much loved and celebrated founder of Cody, who shaped much of its identity and tradition after establishing the town in 1896.


Early Years

Young William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody was born on February 26th, 1846 in Iowa before moving with his family to Kansas in 1853 and was among the first settlers. By the age of 11, Cody had signed on as an ox-team driver before graduating to assistant wagon master, joining the gold rush to Colorado.  By age 14, he was a pony express rider before working his way up to becoming a buffalo hunter, where he earned the nickname "Buffalo Bill".


Buffalo Bill was not only the founder of Cody but also influenced the rodeo lifestyle with his touring Wild West Show. He poured his money into developing Cody he is fondly remembered and his name lives on through the The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Buffalo Bill Dam and the Buffalo Bill State Park.

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