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

Date: May 5, 1896

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

I sent Alger $3000— A letter from him. Saying wants 5 to 6000 more for 10th pay day. I will have to do it all as I beleive others have got discouraged— as no water even to Sulphur creek yet— and can get no estimate on probable cost to finish up 25000 acre tract I admit I am getting discouraged my self— I have given up all hopes of your ever getting to Sulphur Creek [2] — or getting an estimate on cost to finish— 25000 acres— Never heard if Mead went up with you. I thought if he went up there he would give us an estimate on something—

I will have to do the putting up— and I know nothing of your expenses or what you are doing.


Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 4-5, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Cincinnati, Ohio. / Tuesday, May 5. Weather fine. J. Frost, of the Irish Lancers, was taken sick with pneumonia and went to hospital to-day. Gay Hudson Piller, Cowboy rider, went over the ropes to-night; the horse knocked down a beacon light, but no one was hurt. Tambourine McCarty, Ken a Kamis and wife, the Japanese fencers, of the Annex, closed here. J. T. McCaddon and M. B. Bailey left for Chicago on the 8.30 train on business for the company. / Business in the afternoon big, in the evening immense. / Lot, Ludlow avenue and Milk Creek, Cumminsville. / Arena, 169 x 430." [back]

Note 2: "Sulphur Creek" is a natural streambed located west of Cody, Wyoming, flowing north toward the Shoshone River along the base of Cedar Mountain. [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), ah031339

Date: May 5, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906 Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

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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