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