Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home

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Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home
Isaac Cody House, 1034 North Cody Street (moved to 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY), Le Claire, Scott, IA.jpg
Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home
Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home is located in Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home
Location 720 Sheridan Ave., Cody, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°31′11″N 109°4′27″W / 44.51972°N 109.07417°W / 44.51972; -109.07417Coordinates: 44°31′11″N 109°4′27″W / 44.51972°N 109.07417°W / 44.51972; -109.07417
Built 1841
Architect Isaac Cody
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75001906
Added to NRHP June 05, 1975[1]

The Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home was built by Isaac Cody, the father of Buffalo Bill Cody in 1841 at LeClaire, Iowa. The house was purchased as a tourist attraction by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and was moved to Cody, Wyoming, Buffalo Bill's adopted hometown, in 1933.

The house was placed at the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy's Cody station to provide an attraction for tourists stopping in Cody on their way to or from Yellowstone National Park. Of necessity, groups had to spend the night at Cody, in the railroad's Burlington Inn next to the station, about two miles from town. The house was meant to provide the travelers with a diversion that would not require a trip into town. By 1947 the rail tour business was declining and the Burlington Inn was to be demolished. The Cody House was given to the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association and moved to its final location at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. The house was again moved in 1969 when the museum moved into the Buffalo Bill Historical Center across the street from the old museum. The house is the oldest structure in the town of Cody, and may be the oldest building in Wyoming.[2]

The two story frame house has two rooms downstairs and two upstairs. A lean-to kitchen addition to the rear did not make the journey from Iowa to Wyoming. The house is constructed of sawn lumber with larger hand-hewn timbers.[2]

The Cody House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Ned (January 28, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Buffalo Bill Boyhood Home". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

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