My one ancestor who did anything is someone I've mentioned on here before anyway, the fellow who founded Cody, Wyoming, or at least had a hand in it. The area had some hot springs that were named after him and then the town name was later changed to Cody. The springs still bear our family name though.
The Early Days . . . .
The town of Cody is located 50 miles east of the park and was founded in 1896 by Wm. Cody, along with railroad and agricultural interests. John Colter passed through the area in 1807-08 and discovered the odorous springs along the Shoshone River that became known as Colter’s Hell. The smell of the springs also gave the Shoshone River its original name of Stinking Water River. The name was changed in 1901, no doubt for public relations purposes. By 1885 the Cody area was referred to as DeMaris Springs, after homesteader Charles DeMaris. The town was located about a mile downstream from DeMaris and was first called Shoshone and then Richland before the name Cody was finally settled upon.