Cody Wyoming was founded in 1895 by the
world famous William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and a few friends. It's
always had quite a bit of "western" flavor, and bills itself as
"The Gateway to Yellowstone National Park." In 1902, the
Burlington constructed it's spur line into Cody.
This is a picture of Cody in the late 30s / early 40s. From this
vantage point on Sheridan Avenue (the main street in town), we're
looking east. To the far right is Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel, named
after his daughter. It's still in operation today. The rail
terminal for the Burlington is a couple miles north across the
Shoshone River, out of view to the left here.
is the Burlington Inn in Cody. It was built by the CB&Q when
their line to Cody was finished, in order to attract passenger
traffic to the town. The Q provided a bus service from here to
Yellowstone Park, about 50 miles west of Cody. In the early 1900s
that would have been quite an adventure! Some parts of that old road
still exist, and it must have been thrilling just to journey TO the
park, let alone what wonders awaited WITHIN the park!
is the Shoshone River near Cody. The rather substantial looking
bridge is the road connection from Cody, on the plateau to the left,
to the railroad terminus and refinery on the plateau to the right.
I'm not sure if this is still considered part of the Shoshone River
Canyon or not. The main part of the canyon is in between Cedar
Mountain, which I believe is the mountain on the left, and
Rattlesnake Peak on the right (I may have those reversed). This
photo is out of the 20s or 30s. This bridge is no longer in
existence (although the pier in the river was still there a couple
of years ago) -- it has been replaced by one of those non-descript,
oh-so-boring concrete girder bridges so common on Interstate
view of the Shoshone River bridge from the town side of the river.
This photo was taken in 1907.Out of the picture to the right is
where the Burlington Depot was built.
is the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshone River. The dam is at the far
end of the gap between Cedar Mountain and Rattlesnake Peak in the
above photo. The photographer here is on Cedar, looking west, or
away from us in the above picture. This photo was taken about 1925.
At that time the road from Cody to Yellowstone was much more
exciting than it is today - it wound deep through the canyon,
crossing over the river from one side to the other several times,
finally settling to the north side of the river after crossing the
dam itself. Today visitors can walk the dam, but the road to
Yellowstone goes past the dam to the right, approaching the dam on
the north side through a 9/10 mile long tunnel through the mountain.
The old road is still in place, and is used mainly for maintenance
and dam personnel. There is no public access along that road