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Enjoy the following historical articles about the history of Bill Cody Ranch:

Cody Rancher Is in Movies / 1934
Fred Morris Wanders Back Home / 1953
The Buffalo Bill Country / Lazy Bar H Ranch
Birth Pangs of "Dude Business" told by wife Early Wrangler


The Buffalo Bill Country

When John Colter, Jim Bridger, Lewis and Clark, and other intrepid western explorers reached that section of the Northwest occupied by the Absaroka Mountains and what later became the Shoshone National Forest, they became wary, and the reason for this was that they hardly knew from one moment to the next when they would bump into a band of Indians only too ready to indicate y rather unmistakable – not to say extreme means, their hostility to any encroachment upon their domain by the white man.

So the explores were followed by the miners, and the miners were followed by the rancher, who found here conditions so perfect that fortune smiled immediately and without any coaxing.

Buffalo Bill Cody who knew the west from Kansas to the Canadian border as few other men knew it, chose a site on the Sough Fork of the Shoshone River for his home ranch – the T E – and although the illustrious colonel joined the Indians and the buffalo in the happy hunting ground a good many years ago, the T E Ranch is still down there on the South Fork – on of the show places of the entire region.

Up on the North Fork he built his hunting lodge and long after the buffalo disappeared from the plains to the East and South he found live targets for his superhuman marksmanship with pistol and rifle. The little settlement where the ranchers came t trade grew and prospered, and quite naturally acquired the name "Cody, Wyoming" which it was borne with distinction these many years, meanwhile growing up to be a sizeable modern city whose name and location are probably better known than any place of like size in the world.

But to get back to the ranches and the ranchers. Guests came from time to time as guests will, and succumbed to the charm of this favored section of lofty mountains, immense forests, flowered valleys, fast-flowing trout streams and beautiful lakes. The Burlington Railroad was extended to Cody and the ideal climatic, scenic and recreational advantages of the region became better known. Lucky were those eastern people who numbered a rancher among their friends and won an invitation to come out for a vacation.

Lazy Bar H Ranch

A summer and winter resort of Old Time Western atmosphere and modern convenience, located at the elevation of 6100 feet in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains, only 25 miles from the Eastern Entrance of the Yellowstone Park and an equal distance from Cody – one of the few remaining typical Western towns.

The ranch house, although only two-tens of a mile from the famous "Cody Road" to Yellowstone, is not visible from the highway and affords perfect privacy and complete quiet for the visitor. It is of log construction, one of the largest of its kind in the West, with dining room, lounge, reading and writing rooms and guest accommodation with private bath, all electrically lighted. The entire ranch house is typical of Western life, with its Navajo rugs, Indian curios, hunting trophies, huge fireplaces and unusually comfortable furnishings.

Guest accommodations are: rooms with bath in the main ranch house; detached single cabins with bath; double cabins with connecting bath; cabins with lavatory and connecting bath… all having porches and electric light.

The aim of the ranch is to make the guests happy among real Western folk. The service is attentive, but not obtrusive. Home cooked meals, served family style, an abundance of fresh vegetable, fruits, real milk and cream – and the purest of mountain water, icy cold, coming from a spring on the ranch premises.

Entertainment includes horseback riding, mountain climbing, motoring, camping, shooting, hunting, fishing and Rodeo. There is no extra charge for instruction in riding or target shooting. Pack trips or saddle horse trips for boys, girls or mixed groups may be arranged at special prices, to the Jackson Hole country, Cooke City, Grasshopper Glacier and Yellowstone Park.

One of the specialties of the ranch is beg game hunting, for elk, deer, bear, moose, mountain sheep and for antelope in certain years. Hunting and pack trips may be taken in easy stages for parties, which include ladies, and Mr. Morris personally, takes charge of all trips. For information regarding licenses, open season and rates, address the ranch.