William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West

Buffalo Bill’s legend, life and times are some of the most colorful illustrations of the American Old West. His skill as a buffalo hunter earned William F. Cody the nickname “Buffalo Bill.” Catch a glimpse of that authentic Wild West at Cody’s museum and grave site near Denver.

Buffalo Bill Tales

Wearing authentic costume, a Buffalo Bill re-inactor tells about the buffalo herds in the Wild West. photo PBH

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was a United States soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa) on February 26, 1846, near LeClaire. His family lived in Canada for several years before they moved to Kansas Territory.

The Museum – There are exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life and the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts and a firearms collection. See Buffalo Bill’s show outfits, Frederick Remington’s “Portrait of a Ranch Hand,” and exhibits from the Old West. Learn more about the buffalo herd, wildlife, and natural attractions of the region at the museum.

The Buffalo Bill Museum won the True West Magazine’s Museum of the Year award. The museum attracts over 400,000 annual visitors. There is a large gift shop filled with Buffalo Bill mementos, Indian souvenirs, and western style gifts. A grill and fudge shop are also on site. Buffalo burgers, and Duffy’s Rowdy Rootbeer served. Closed on Mondays during the winter.

Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for service to the US Army as a scout. By his request Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain in 1917, overlooking the Great Plains and the Rockies.

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was a modest Quaker girl who made all her own costumes. photo PBH

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows traveled the world leaving a lasting vision of the American West. Did Buffalo Bill visit your town? Check here to see if Buffalo Bill’s Wild West visited your town.

We just happened to stop by Buffalo Bill’s when they were having the Buffalo Bill’s Western Roundup in September. We met Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley who told their life stories. Annie even gave a shooting demonstration. The museum and admission was free.

2012 Special Celebrations:

  • Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, Noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (Buffalo Bill’s ACTUAL birthdate)
  • 8th Annual Mountain Melodies Music Festival, Noon – 5 pm, Sunday August 5, 2012
  • Buffalo Bill’s Western Roundup! Noon – 4 pm,  Sunday, September 23, 2012

The detailsThe Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401, phone (303) 526-0744 Fax (303) 526-0197  The City and County of Denver operate the Museum.

More to do – VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. Find more Buffalo Bill sites at Waymarking.com

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