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

Date: April 28, 189[6]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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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 George

Yours from Billings to hand. I fs have just sent your letter on to Salsbury and for him to send on the 5000. but I hardly know how we are going to raise the rest to pay off 10th of May pay roll— and no water to Sulphur creek [3] George things are being done there badly or the water would be in Sulphur Creek now. The Management [4] is ceartainly Bad there is a great leak some place. I have no idea what the 10th of May pay roll will amount to— I can hear nothing direct from any one— I wrote Flood [5] & Hayden to let me know but they have not— I have about given up all hope of water ever getting to Sulphur Creek— or whether the Graders ever got there— And yet allthough Rumsey Says this is not a one man company I have to personaly endorse for everything and I get the blame for everything— and   no one will even tell me whats going on—

I am most heartly discouraged—


Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on April 28, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Clarksburg, W. Va. / Tuesday, April 28. Arrived in town at 9.15. We were late in getting up. Doors did not open until 2.15 P. M. Johnny Franz, Cowboy rider, was thrown during the afternoon performance and had his right arm broken above the wrist. / Lot, Jackson lot under Pinnecineck Hill. / Arena, 182 x 322. / Business, in the afternoon good, in the evening fair." [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1896 as determined by the Routes List. [back]

Note 3: "Sulphur Creek" is a natural streambed located west of Cody, Wyoming, flowing north toward the Shoshone River along the base of Cedar Mountain. [back]

Note 4: "The Management is ceartainly Bad" is Cody's reference to funds for the irrigation project being badly managed and money quickly dwindling. [back]

Note 5: "Flood" is likely D. P. Flood whose role in the irrigation project is not known. [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), ah031335-36

Date: April 28, 189[6]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Hayden, Charles E., 1866-1938 Rumsey, Bronson, II, 1854-1946

Place: Shoshone Irrigation District (Wyo.)

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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