Ashamed of his family background, Pollock glamorized it, mentioning often that he was born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912. Maybe he liked the allusion to Buffalo Bill Cody, the founder of the town. At the Art Students League in Manhattan, he wore western boots and a cowboy hat, though he never rode herd on cattle. Few Westerners did. Most were farmers or laborers or pursued small-town lines of work. For a time, Jackson's father, Roy Pollock, hauled boulders in a horse-drawn wagon from riverbanks to a crushing plant.