Buffalo Bill lived quite the life in the American West, today a museum has been created beside his gravesite to commemorate his adventurous legacy. From a Pony Express Rider, to Civil War Solider to opening the greatest show of the Wild West, his story lives on in the exhibits showcasing artifacts from his life.
Born in Iowa Territory in 1846 as William Frederick Cody, he grew up in LeClaire and later moved to Ontario, Canada before finally settling in Kansas Territory. After his father’s death, he worked various jobs until taking on the dangerous new career of being a Pony Express Rider. This job did not last long and finally he enlisted as a solider in the Civil War.
After the Civil War, he worked with the U.S. government as a scout during the Indian Wars. He reputation was quickly growing as he was sharing his stories and living a life full of adventures in the American West.
By his mid-30’s, Cody had opened a new traveling show called “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West”. The show was loved by people all over America. The thought of bringing the wild west to people who had never experienced it was fascinating. The success of this traveling show allowed him to take it overseas to Europe where he started making a small fortune for his climactic displays of the days on the western frontier.
When Buffalo Bill died in 1917 at the age of 70, it was agreed that he would be buried atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Denver and the plains beyond. His wife, Louisa is buried beside him.
The museum is located nearby his grave and has been in operation since 1921, using artifacts gathered from Buffalo Bill’s life and donated items from his wife, Louisa.
How to Visit
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave is located at 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road in Golden, Colorado. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official website here.
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