The town of Cody was founded by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1896.
Cedar Mountain, which is also known as “Spirit Mountain” is the smaller of two peaks that can be seen just outside of Cody, Wyoming in the Absaroka Ranger. These two peaks are divided by the Shoshone River which runs through the Shoshone Canyon.
Beneath Cedar Mountain is a massive cave system known as the Spirit Mountain Cave. The cave was discovered by a bobcat hunter named Ned Frost in 1908. Because of it’s inaccessibility, the cave is gated and locked off. To reach this gated and locked cave entrance, park at the sign before the blue gate and hike about a ¼ of a mile down the trail.
Apparently, the people of Cody, Wyoming tried to steal Buffalo Bill Cody’s body from its gravesite on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO in an heroic attempt to make his final resting place at Cedar Mountain outside of Cody (where Cody residents believed he actually wanted to be buried.) This is why the Buffalo Bill Cody grave is covered with a big slab of cement at Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO…to keep the residents of Cody from trying to steal it. Apparently, some men are said to have stolen Buffalo Bill’s body several months after his death and replaced it with a look-alike corpse which was buried at Lookout Mountain. Yes, that’s right, Buffalo Bill’s body was not buried for several MONTHS after his actual death, at least according to this historical report. Nasty.
The grave of Breck Moran is located on Cedar Mountain. He was an important figure in the development of Wyoming. There’s a fiberglass figurine of a Buffalo that the city of Golden, CO gave to the city of Cody, WY as a sort of “peace offering” in the Buffalo Bill Burial affair. Nearby are the ashes of Ebb Tarr, a “famous” Buffalo Bill impersonator who died in 2007.
Disembodied footsteps have been reported. Also, there are some interesting reports of “little people” in the mountain. We have not been able to get more of an explanation yet about these “little people”, but can’t wait to hear further commentary about encounters with these fascinating creatures.
On the Shadowlands Haunted Places Index, there is a short dissertation about why Cedar Mountain has the alternate name of “Spirit Mountain”. According to this report, people have gone into the cave systems and gotten lost, never to return. An alternate theory on the name “Spirit Mountain” has to do with the fact that about 100 years ago there were still active geysers on the mountain and Native Americans in the area regarded these steaming holes in the ground as the mountain’s spirit escaping.
Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved August 11, 2008 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/wyoming.htm
SummitPost.org (2006). Cedar Mountain. Retrieved November 22, 2009 from http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/480014/cedar-mountain.html