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Vote Early, Vote Often

April 11th, 2019 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

It could have been Al Capone. Or possibly it was Chicago Mayor Richard Daley or his mayoral predecessor William Hale Thompson. We’ll never be sure which jokester with nefarious notions encouraged minions to “vote early, vote often,” but it’s darn good advice now that USA Today has identified Cody Yellowstone as a contender in a Reader’s Choice competition to choose the best historic small town in the U.S.

The media giant has just released a list of 20 historic towns from Arizona to West Virginia. Cody is the only town from Wyoming to make the list. This is one contest where your vote matters again and again and again. You can vote once every day until the contest is over at the end of the month. At that point the folks on the Reader’s Choice staff will launch an epic publicity blitz to showcase the winners in all of the categories, which also includes small towns known for adventure, shopping and food.

Logo for USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards

Cody is one of 20 US towns that have been nominated for a USA Today/10Best Reader’s Choice award for the best historic small town in the country.

Voting is easy. Sign up here and then vote every day. As of this morning when I cast my daily vote, Cody is ranked No. 10 out of 20 listings. You can also get updates and follow the voting action on  TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Exterior view of the Irma Hotel in downtown Cody, Wyoming.

Historic structures are located throughout the town. One of Corrie’s favorites is the Irma Hotel, built by Buffalo Bill in 1902.

There are oh-so-many reasons that the town of Cody should win big in contest for the best historic small town. There’s our town founder and namesake Buffalo Bill Cody, of course. And all of the many famous attractions he built himself or inspired others to create. For example, the Irma Hotel, with its massive cherrywood bar that England’s Queen Victoria gifted to the frontiersman-turned-showman after he performed his Wild West Show in London. And the Buffalo Bill Dam, which the Colonel and a team of town leaders pushed to secure much-needed water for the town and nearby ranchers. You can still visit Pahaska Tepee and see where Buffalo Bill went to relax. And so much more.

I plan to vote every morning when I pour my first cup of coffee so I don’t forget. It takes all of 10 seconds to cast a vote for Cody, and your vote could do a world of good for your favorite historic town.

Exterior shot of cabins and wagons at Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming.

With more than 20 authentic cabins and other frontier buildings Old Trail Town/Museum of the West is another great place to experience the history of Cody Yellowstone.

Until next time, I’m casting my vote and loving life here in Cody Yellowstone.