This website was made for Professor Mark Long’s Western Frontier class at the University of Central Florida. It is also meant as a tribute to my late mother, Wanda May Knowles. She lived for many years near Cody, Wyoming. Mom took me out for a fine dinner at Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel and to the William F. Cody Museum in Cody during a visit that ended up being one of the last times we were able to spend time together. I cherish those memories with her. Even though my mother was a southern woman who grew up in Florida, she loved Wyoming and felt at home there among the ghosts of the Old West. My mother gave me my love for history, especially American history. She is the reason I plan to teach history someday. It is appropriate that I mention her here. Thank you, mom.

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