In celebration of National Women’s History Month, last week I wrote about some of the many women who made their mark on Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Even though there is no National Men’s History Month, I am a fair-minded and magnanimous woman, and I believe that men should get equal time in the spotlight. Most of the time.
But where to start? Now 121 years old, Cody was a frontier town with the kinds of law-and-order challenges that lend a certain amount of credence to Hollywood’s vision of the Wild West. At one time, you could say something like “Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim,” and not be laughed out of town. You didn’t even have to be John Wayne to pull it off.
Speaking of the Duke, John Wayne once served as Grand Marshal of the annual Cody Stampede Parade, one of the first of several events that comprise the five-day Cody Stampede Celebration. Every year, the announcement of the Grand Marshal is highly anticipated. Last year’s grand marshal was storyteller Red Steagall, and previous years the town has welcomed Steven Seagal, Chuck Yeager and Wilford Brimley.
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