Bill's Wild West Prayer Trip
is a picture of Cody Hill outside of Leavenworth,
Kansas. The Cody family lived and ran their family
business on the other side of this hill, when William
F. Cody was a boy. There is no marker or tourist center
in this area.
mother had decided to improve the opportunity afforded
by her geographical position, and under her supervision
"The Valley Grove House" was going up.
The hotel commanded a magnificent prospect. Below
lay the beautiful Salt Creek Valley. It derived its
name from the saline properties of the little stream
that rushed along its pebbly bed to empty its clear
waters into the muddy Missouri. From the vantage-ground
of our location Salt Creek looked like a silver thread,
winding its way through the rich verdure of the valley.
The region was dotted with fertile farms; from east
to west ran the government road, known as the Old
Salt Lake Trail, and back of us was Cody Hill, named
for my father. Our house stood on the side hill, just
above the military road, and between us and the hilltop
lay the grove that gave the hotel its name. Government
hill, which broke the eastern sky-line, hid Leavenworth
and the Missouri River, culminating to the south in
Pilot Knob, the eminence on which my father was buried,
also beyond our view."
Helen Cody Wetmore (Buffalo Bill's Sister)