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

Date: June 17, 1897

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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[photograph] Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.
Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.
Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.
John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

My Dear Beck

Yours of the 11th Yes we are all discouraged about the Land department [2] but its a department that must be kept up; its our only hope— If Elliot [3] aint the man lets get some one else. I realy dont know what to say about those logs— it will be a pitty to loose them all. Nothing can be done with the Club [4] until the state gets land they can lease. Can you get the logs sawed on the shores But I see no sale for lumber— until we can get people there to buy   buy it. have you got any photographs of the country taken this time of year— I have sent for some folders and I want some photographs as many as I can get. I am going to rig up a stand at my front entrance [5] — & see if I can do some advertiseing. Send photographs soon as possible.

I have just had the worst three weeks of rain I ever had in the show business. And the time we have getting on and off the lots our big waggons mire to the beds tonight every stringer jack & seat had to be carried on the mens shoulders to the road. We have an 88 mile run out of here if we get to tomorrows town by noon we will be in luck. talk about men working on ditch. These men of ours simply work day & night. We get wet every day in fact havent been dry but twice for three weeks—

Yours— Cody

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in St. Albans, Vermont, on June 17, 1897. [back]

Note 2: Cody's reference to "Land department" is unclear. [back]

Note 3: "Elliott" may be D. H. Elliot, Shoshone Irrigation Company's colonization agent. [back]

Note 4: Cody's reference to "the Club" is unclear. [back]

Note 5: The entrance gate to Buffalo Bill's Wild West. [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), ah031420-21

Date: June 17, 1897

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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