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Buffalo Bill State Park, Cody

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Buffalo Bill State Park is state-operated, public recreation area surrounding the reservoir formed by the Buffalo Bill Dam, an impoundment of the Shoshone River, in Park County, Wyoming. The state park, reservoir and dam were named after William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who founded the nearby town of Cody and who owned much of the land now occupied by the reservoir and park. The park's recreational opportunities include camping, hiking, boating, fishing and picnicking.HistoryBuffalo Bill Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, mostly known for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. He once owned some of the land that is now part of the state park bearing his name. He sold his property to the United States government prior to the construction of Buffalo Bill Dam. Cody settled in the Shoshone Canyon area in the 1870s. He first came to the region as a guide for a survey expedition. Cody spent parts the next twenty years in the area serving as a hunting guide. Buffalo Bill worked to bring irrigation and agriculture development in Park County. He founded the nearby city of Cody in 1896.Construction on Buffalo Bill Dam, originally known as Shoshone Dam, began in 1905. Upon completion, in 1910, the dam was the highest in the world standing at. The dam is a concrete concrete arch structure of constant radius. It was part of the Shoshone Project, one of the first projects overseen by the Bureau of Reclamation.
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  • All good -- I arrived late, but my reservation was taped to the cabin at the entrance. The park was beautiful, campsite was fine (it's a campsite), and I got a hot -- hot -- shower in the morning. Per...  more »
  • The Absarokas & the Carter Range beckon you to stare. This is the area which leads toward Wapiti, WY, & beyond, to Yellowstone. This is part of the area which Teddy Roosevelt said was part of the 50 m...  more »
  • As you drive through this park you will see some of the most beautiful rock formations along the road. They seem to be of all colors and certainly shapes and sizes. Driving through there at dusk might...  more »
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  • What an unexpected stop. Totally worth the detour before the tunnel. Watch the video, learn how the dam was made. Walk the dam. Good break on long drives.
  • Excellent state park with much to do. The only issue is all the bathrooms are Porta Johns.
  • Beautiful park. We happened on it when we were traveling from Cody to Yellowstone. If you're near, stop and see the dam.
  • Great place to get souvenirs
  • You can stand on the dam and look over the edge.