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Cody, WY Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!

From near and far, across the United States and around the world, Cody, Wyoming, is synonymous with the West. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody lent his name to the town, which was founded as a land venture to attract the railroad near the east entrance of Yellowstone.

That is one reason Cody is #1 among True West Magazine’s 2024 Top Western Towns. They will be featured in the January/February 2024 issue, hitting newsstands on January 9, 2024.

From the Historic Irma Hotel founded by Buffalo Bill Cody in downtown Cody to nearby guest ranches and lodges with trail riding and fly fishing, the Wyoming city of 10,000 is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the West. Enjoy the Western atmosphere while walking the historic downtown district, which is filled with fun boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and saloons, including the famous Victorian bar at the Irma Hotel. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the most significant museum complex in the United States outside of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Admission includes entrance to the center’s five museums: Buffalo Bill, Plains Indian, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History and Whitney Western Art. The McCracken Research Library is also open to visitors, but an appointment must be made to view archival materials.

“Buffalo Bill’s stamp on the West is evident everywhere—especially in the town that bears his name,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “It is a town that preserves and celebrates and promotes its unique heritage. There’s no question: Cody is a Top True Western Town.”

This is the 19th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 71st year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit or call 480-820-5545.

Contact: Stuart Rosebrook [email protected]