About Cody

History of the City

Incorporated in 1901, Cody, Wyoming is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. Cody was founded by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities of irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. He brought with him men whose names still adorn street signs in Cody's downtown area: Beck, Alger, Rumsey, Bleistein, and Salsbury.
Main Street
Present-Day Cody

Today, Cody serves as the county seat for Park County. Cody's residential population of nearly 10,000 receives services from the City of Cody, including electricity, sanitation, water, wastewater, parks, recreation, law enforcement, and much more. Cody has a total area of 10.43 square miles and an elevation of 5,016 feet above sea level.

The Shoshone River flows through Cody city limits in a moderately deep canyon. Cody is located approximately 50 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park.

Served by Yellowstone National Airport, Cody is a thriving community focused on serving the needs of the stable population base as well as the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who travel from around the world to experience the beauty and culture of this mountainous area.