Incorporated in 1901, Cody is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. Cody was founded by Colonel William F. Buffalo Bill Cody who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities from irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting and proximity to Yellowstone Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town. He brought with him men whose names are still on street signs in Codys downtown area Beck, Alger, Rumsey, Bleistein and Salsbury. Today, Cody serves as the County Seat for Park County. Codys population of nearly 9000 residents receive services from the City of Cody including electricity, solid waste, water, wastewater, raw water, police protection, parks, recreation and much more. Cody is led by a Governing Body of six Councilmembers serving three wards and a Mayor, elected at-large. In 1998 the Governing Body passed a Charter Ordinance moving day-to-day operation of the City to a professional City Administrator who serves at the will of the Governing Body. Cody is a thriving community focused on serving the needs of the stable population base as well as the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who travel from around the world to experience the beauty and culture of this mountainous area.