“I could never resist the call of the trail.” — Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill, Shooting Star of the Wild West
Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) was most famous for outlandish Wild West shows that were watched live with eager anticipation by millions of people in the United States and Europe. Regarded as fearless, heroic, and the utmost in entertainment, he published a popular autobiography with the title The Life and Adventures of Buffalo Bill in 1920. You can find the entire book today at https://archive.org/details/autobiographyofb00buff.
His life was one wild ride after another, to say the least. He was an opera house performer, a gold seeker, a Pony Express rider, a bison hunter, and so much more. A trip to the museum (one of five museums in the complex) will reveal the vast array of his numerous inspiring accomplishments.
Buffalo Bill Museum
The Buffalo Bill Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, (720 Sheridan Avenue) features all things Buffalo Bill, including the press he used when starting the Cody Enterprise newspaper in the late 1800s, which is still published today. According to its website at centerofthewest.org: “Offering authentic artifacts, state-of-the-art exhibits, engaging interactives, and a compelling story, the ‘new’ Buffalo Bill Museum is a museum for the twenty-first century about one of the most important historical figures of the nineteenth century—someone whose legacy still continues to shape and define how we think about the West, America, and ourselves.”
The relatively small town of Cody has a population of around nine times more than it was during Buffalo Bill’s day.
You can also visit Buffalo Bill’s ranch house in Nebraska. Find information at http://outdoornebraska.gov/buffalobillranch.
This is the final stop on our Wyoming Author Adventures Trail.