Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Clarence W. Rowley

Date: July 18, 1915

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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The Biggest Circus In The World
The Sells-Floto Shows Company Inc.
[illustration] General Offices & Winter Quarters
326-7 Symes Bldg., Denver, Colorado
Two Big Institutions Joined Together at One Price of Admission
Buffalo Bill's Original Wild West
[illustration] Col. W. F. Cody
"Buffalo Bill" Salutes from the Saddle
Col. W. F. Cody

My Dear Clarence,

Your welcome Letter [2] of July10th. received, and I was glad to hear from you, so far we have had a verry tough season, it has simply rained all the time so to speak.

I am encloseing you my Route but I cant say positively if I will be away from the Show a few days or not, as there are going to be great doings at Cody Wyoming the latter part of July, and the first days of August, as Automobiles are permited to enter The Park on Aug.1st. and of course all my people out there want be to be there at this opening, as it is myself who found whear a wagon road could be built from the Town of Cody into Yellow Stone Park, and it was through my efforts, that I persuaded United States Gov. to build this Road, and my friends want me to be the first men to the Park by Automobile, in other words to lead the Procession. [3]

I note what you say in regards to our Arizona Mines and I have two prospective buyers there at the present time. The Tungsten Mines seems to be the favorite over the Gold at the present time owing to the high price of Tungsten. [4]

I have not forgoten you for a moment, but the Show Buissness had been on the wrong side of the Ledger for nearly a year. With my kindest regards.

W. F. Cody

 

The Biggest Circus In The World
The Sells-Floto Shows Company Inc
[illustration]Elephant 236 Symes Building
Denver, Colo.

Green Bay Wis, Station A Jul 18 --- PM

Station A

Clarence W. Rowley,

Attorney at Law,

#638 Old South Bldg.

Boston Mass.

Note 1: Although Cody did not include the year in this dateline, this letter is believed to have been written in 1915. Cody appeared with the Sells-Floto Circus in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on July 19, 1915. [back]

Note 2: It appears that Cody wrote the word "Letter" by hand over the typed word "Paper." [back]

Note 3: According to historian Robert E. Bonner, credit for laying out the first wagon road from the town of Cody to Yellowstone National Park should go to George Beck. Although William F. Cody publicly announced his intention to ride in the first private automobile to enter the park, he did not actually attend the formal opening of automobile traffic in Yellowstone on August 1, 1915. [back]

Note 4: The "prospective buyers" Cody mentions here remain unidentified. Cody was never able to sell his underperforming Arizona mines during his lifetime. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Clarence W. Rowley

Source: McCracken Research Library (MRL), MS6.0322

Date: July 18, 1915

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

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