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Cody

(kō`dē), city (1990 pop. 7,897), seat of Park co., NW Wyo., on the Shoshone River in a sheep, cattle, and irrigated farm area; founded and inc. 1901 by William F. Cody (Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill,
1846–1917, American plainsman, scout, and showman, b. near Davenport, Iowa. His real name was William Frederick Cody. His family moved (1854) to Kansas, and after the death of his father (1857) he set out to earn the family living, working for supply trains
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). It is a tourist resort at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park,
2,219,791 acres (899,015 hectares), the world's first national park (est. 1872), NW Wyo., extending into Montana and Idaho. It lies mainly on a broad plateau in the Rocky Mts., on the Continental Divide, c.
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, with dude ranches and a frontier town flavor. Manufactures include concrete and gypsum and lumber products. Cody also is headquarters for the Shoshone National Forest. Of interest are the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, with museums on Buffalo Bill, the Plains Indians, firearms, the region's natural history, and Western art; and an annual rodeo. Nearby is Heart Mountain, the site during World War II of a relocation centerrelocation center,
in U.S. history, camp in which Japanese and Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II. Fearing a Japanese invasion, the military leaders, under authority of an executive order, defined (Mar.
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 for Japanese Americans; an interpretative learning center is now there. Shoshone Canyon and the Shoshone projectShoshone project,
NW Wyo., near the Mont. line and in the Shoshone River basin. Developed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, it irrigates a large portion of land and has four divisions.
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 are also in the area.