Cody, Wyo., Oct. 12, 2012: Built in 1902 by William F. Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill,” The Irma Hotel and Restaurant was meant for travelers to stay on their way to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park. Designed by Alfred Wilderman Woods, a Lincoln, Nebraska church architect, the hotel features walls made of river rock and locally quarried sandstone from Beck Lake and a fireplace made of an assemblage of rock, ores, minerals, and fossils from the Big Horn Basin.
Aside from places like The Irma, there isn’t a whole lot going on in Cody and it seems to run solely on tourism. We found The Irma in search of a good breakfast and found exactly what we were looking for. Tim Lamb, a waiter there, told me a bit about the place. He turned out to be a photographer himself. Apparently, the Irma’s famous cherrywood bar is one of the most photographed features in all of Cody. From the antique register and antler chandeliers, to an old telegraph machine in back, the restaurant certainly has a lot of character.