For more than seventy-five years, Cody, Wyoming, is the only place in the world that puts on a rodeo every evening of the summer, June 1 – August 31. In a new book, author and journalist Lew Freedman chronicles one full season of the sport in the town known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World.”
Freedman presents a talk based on his book, Cody Rodeo: The Mystique of Buffalo Bill and the Great American Cowboy, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on Friday, July 3, at 1 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. The presentation is included in regular admission, and is followed by a book signing at the Center Store, which will have copies of the book for sale.
Following the 2014 season of all rodeo competition in Cody—from the Cody Nite Rodeo that runs all summer to the annual Cody Stampede over an extended Fourth of July (a highlight of the pro-rodeo circuit)—the book shares the history of rodeo in Cody, discusses the American cowboy, and tells the stories of competitors and rodeo legends. “Readers will then understand that being a rodeo cowboy is a way of life,” notes the publisher, “and it can also be a way of death.”
Cody Rodeo was published in May 2015 by Blue River Press and is distributed by Cardinal Publishers Group. Freedman has authored more than 70 books, and throughout his career has worked as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Anchorage Daily News. He enjoys the distinction of having had a newspaper byline in all fifty states, and now works as a reporter for the Cody Enterprise.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.