The Business of Being Buffalo Bill provides new insight into a colorful figure in American history. William F. Cody was interested in developing the American West through irrigation, transportation, and settlement. He invested heavily in development projects such as mining, newspapers, and an entire town, Cody, Wyoming. In his correspondence, Cody discussed his various failures and successes, talked of personal problems, and spoke of his longing to end his show business career and retire to the West he loved. These candid letters present a unique view of Buffalo Bill as a man of many interests and enthusiasms. Containing previously unpublished correspondence between Cody and his business partners, relations, and friends, this volume examines Cody's business endeavors and his personal relationships.