Chamber of Commerce Icon Back to home
Find us on Twitter
Find us on Facebook

Historical Timeline

  • Spring 1830

    First printed copies of the Book of Mormon made available to the public on March 26. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized in Fayette Township, New York, on April 6.

  • June 27, 1844

    Church founder and prophet Joseph Smith, along with his brother
    Hyrum, martyred in Carthage, Illinois.

  • February 4, 1846

    Mormon pioneers leave Nauvoo, Illinois, to begin their trek west.

  • July 24, 1847

    Brigham Young arrives in what is now the Salt Lake Valley.

  • Circa 1874

    William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody first enters Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin.

  • Circa 1895

    Cody, Wyoming, is founded and named after Buffalo Bill Cody
    at the insistence of his business partners.

  • Early 1900

    Wyoming Governor and Secretary of State ask LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow to send colonization companies into Wyoming in January. Big Horn Colonization Company arrives in Big Horn Basin; construction on the Sidon Canal begins in April.

  • April 23, 1904

    Sidon Canal completed.

  • 1948

    Cody LDS Chapel construction begins; work concludes the following year.

  • 1950

    Artist Edward Grigware begins researching and creating watercolor panels for Cody Mural.

  • 1951

    Cody Mural completed and signed by Edward Grigware.

  • Circa 1981

    Work begins on museum in the room next to the rotunda housing the Cody Mural.

  • September 1982

    Pioneer Museum in Cody Chapel completed and opened to the public.

  • 2016

    Renovation and Rededication.