History - Cody, Wyoming, located 52 miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, was founded in 1896 by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Cody continues to prosper with its diverse economy, which includes oil/minerals, agriculture, timbering, light industry, western design and tourism.
Oil was discovered near Cody in 1904 and several large producing fields are still located nearby. When the Buffalo Bill Dam, located just west of Cody, was completed in 1910, it was the highest dam in the world. Year-round recreational opportunities are almost limitless in Cody with the surrounding mountains, forest and wilderness areas, lakes and streams.
Feel free to visit our local Chamber of Commerce for more detailed statistics on the area: Population, climate, education, government, tax structure, community services, recreation and transportation.