Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: October 3, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.
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Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


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Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.


John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

Dear George

Here is some good news. R. Law [3] is the supt of Burlington R.R. in Iowa. Mr Law is the supt who has opened up the coal fields and built roads to them for the Burlington in Missouri & Iowa [4] — And is realy the coal expert for the Burlington and the practiced rail road builder. Mr Law is coming out with me to look the coal fields [5] over. And the most practical route to the Park [6] from what I can learn they will soon push through our country. If they do you know what that means to our country. We leave Omaha Nov 6th

Write me often

Col

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on October 3, 1896. [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1896. [back]

Note 3: "R. Law" is Robert R. Law (1847-unknown) who served as superintendent for several associated railroad systems in the 1870s and 1880s, including the Chicago, Burlington, & Kansas City; the Burlington & Western; the Burlington & Northwestern; as well as the Union Pacific in Nebraska and the Montana Union of Butte and Anaconda. [back]

Note 4: Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company. [back]

Note 5: Most likely the coal fields were the Bearcreek Mines, located at Bearcreek, Montana, about eight miles southeast of Red Lodge, Montana. [back]

Note 6: Yellowstone National Park. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Letters to George T. Beck (Acc. #9972), ah031414

Date: October 3, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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