When she didn’t like the spot Cody, Wyoming city officials had chosen for her Buffalo Bill monument, she purchased 40 acres overlooking a picturesque canyon and hired her own architect to construct the statue’s base.
Not long after this picture was taken in 1896, Harry Payne Whitney, third from right, would propose to Gertrude Vanderbilt, fifth from right, while staying at the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach. Gertrude’s father, Cornelius Vanderbilt II is at right. The train pulled the Vanderbilt family’s private railroad car across the train bridge to the resort town. Courtesy Historical Society of Palm Beach County.