Max Wilde

Max Wilde with furs, courtesy of McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming.

Max Wilde, an early day hunting guide and outfitter from Cody, Wyoming, will be the subject of a talk on Monday, Nov. 18, to the Pahaska Corral of Westerners.

The meeting occurs at the Governors Room in the Irma Hotel beginning with a no-host dinner starting at 6 p.m. and followed by the presentation around 7 p.m. Both the meal and the program are open to the public. Due to limited seating, please RSVP by emailing Lynn Houze ljhcody@tctwest.net

Wilde arrived in the Cody area in 1913 and began driving horse-drawn wagons carrying Yellowstone tourists, in addition to working as a cook for the Valley Ranch. In 1920 Wilde partnered with Ed “Phonograph” Jones to trap in the Thorofare region, collectively earning $10,000 by selling marten and coyote furs.

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Wilde used his share to start his own South Fork outfitting business, guiding celebrities such as Dwight Eisenhower, Ty Cobb, and Coca-Cola vhairman Robert Woodruff. Wilde also employed old-school mountain men and cowboys like Don Bell and Anson Eddy, interesting characters in their own right. Celebrated outdoor writer Charles Elliott, a client of many years, referred to Wilde as the equal of Daniel Boone or Jim Bridger. 

Eric Rossborough, the associate librarian and senior cataloger of the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, will give the talk on Wilde. 

The Pahaska Corral of Westerners is the local chapter of Westerner International, an organization headquartered at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (formerly the Cowboy Hall of Fame) in Oklahoma City. The Westerners International, founded in 1944, is dedicated to stimulating interest and research in the history of the American West.

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