Exploring the Myth of the Wild West at Cody, Wyoming

Exploring the Myth of the Wild West at Cody, Wyoming, Cody, Wyoming (B)

Before I visited Wyoming I thought I knew all about the Wild West: gun-toting cowboys, cattle ranching and endless fighting. An image that seemed to be confirmed as I drove to Cody, home of the legendary Buffalo Bill, passing through towns that could have passed as movie sets. Cody itself may be primarily a place where tourists stop on their way to Yellowstone National Park, but for me it was the place where the Wild West came alive.

The town of Cody was founded in 1895 by William Frederick Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill”. Cody himself was an entrepreneur whose career encompassed hunting, prospecting for gold and several military campaigns. He came to symbolise the pioneering spirit of the times.

In 1883 he created a show called “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” that toured the United States and Europe. This included displays of shooting and horsemanship, and re-enacted highly-coloured accounts of historical episodes with names like “Train Robbery” and “Custer’s Last Stand”. The shows were enormously popular and helped to build up an image of life in the Wild West in the minds of people who had never been there. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring the Myth of the Wild West at Cody, Wyoming
Guide Location: USA » Cody
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Karen Warren
Read it on Author's Website: https://www.worldwidewriter.co.uk/myth-of-the-wild-west-cody-wyoming.html
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • Cody Heritage Museum
  • Old Trail Town
  • Cody Mural and Museum