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Nick Eggenhoffer (1897 - 1985)
   Born in southern Bavaria, Germany he fell in love with the American West after attending Buffalo Billís Wild West Show. His family migrated to New Jersey in 1913, but young Eggenhoferís fascination with the region continued to grow. He rode the range of his imagination, and became a prolific illustrator of Western pulp magazines -- the demand for illustrations, primarily pen and ink drawings, was enormous. 
   Eggenhofer sometimes submitted several hundred drawings in a single week. Over the course of forty years, he completed more than 20,000 drawings for pulp magazines and also illustrated hundreds of books.  Despite the great demands on his time, Eggenhofer was a true student of Western history. A careful researcher, he prided himself on the historical accuracy of his depictions of the West and the tools used there.

   He became particularly adept at representing wagons, stage coaches, and other modes of early Western transportation.
   After he had spent many years working as an illustrator in New York City, Eggenhofer finally achieved enough success to begin traveling extensively in the West. He and his wife eventually settled in Cody, Wyoming, only a short distance from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center; bringing his childhood fascination with the American West full circle.