American Soldier - Bison Hunter - Showman - BUFFALO BILLE CODY ( Feb 26, 1846 - Jan. 10, 1917) was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West and famous for the shows with Cowboy themes.
Cody put together a traveling show and in 1883, in the area of North Platte, he founded "Buffalo Bill's Wild West". Visitors to this spectacle could see feats of skill, staged races and sideshows. Many authentic Western personalities were part of the Show - e.g. Sitting bull and a band of twenty braves. Cody's headline performers included Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler, who put on shooting exhibitions. Buffalo Bill and his performers would re-enact the Riding of the Pony Express, Indian attacks on Wagon Trains and Stagecoach Robberies. The show typically ended with a dramatic re-enactment of Custer's Last Stand. Of course, Cody himself portrayed General Custer.
Profits from the show enabled him to purchase , in 1886, a 4,000 acre ranch near North Platte. Scout's Rest Ranch included an 18-room mansion and a large barn to house the show's livestock.
Cody is buried on Colorado's Lookout Mountain, in Golden, Colorado, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking the Great Plains, where he once hunted Buffalo.
Fondest memory: The 30 Foot tall Image of Buffalo Bill has a sign underneath it which reads:
"BUFFALO BILL CODY"
Born Feb. 26, 1846 near Le Claire, Iowa
Pony Express Rider in 1860
Union Army Scout in 1861
Scout for 5th Cavalry in 1868
Chief of Scouts against the Sioux -1890
Stage Driver between Ft. Kearney & No Platte Nebr - 1865
Called Buffalo Bill after killing 4,280 Buffalo in 8 mos. - 1867
Won duel with Sioux Chief Yellow Hair in 1876
Organized "Wild West Show" on ranch near North Platte, Nebr in 1883
Toured the world with partner Bailey, of Barnum & Bailey
Enlarged the "Wild West Show" in 1893
Died Jan. 10, 1917
Buried atop Lookout Mtn. near Denver Colorado
Located in the southwestern part of the state of Nebraska, NORTH PLATTE is at the intersection of the I-80 and Highway 83.
North Platte is a railroad town, as Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located here. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight story building overlooking the railroad staging area.
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park is located near North Platte. It's a Nebraska living history park about Buffalo bill Cody. The Park includes his actual house, known as Scout's Rest Ranch (located 2 miles west on Highway 83 along Highway 30).
Also nearby our Motel is Fort Cody.
North Platte Nebraska is located on the banks of the North Platte River. The North Platte has it's beginnings among the melting snows of the Colorado Rockies. From there it flows north into Wyoming, before taking a southeastward course into Nebraska. A short distance below the City of North Platte, the North Platte River merges with the South Platte to form the Platte River, which continues flowing generally eastward until it's confluence with the Missouri River on the Nebraska/Iowa border.
Fondest memory: I camped right beside the North Platte River just outside North Platte. Here the river is about 200 yards wide and very shallow with a sandy bottom. In mid-July I found the water clear, cool, and only inches deep. I waded all the way across the river, from the spot pictured here, without getting into water much more than ankle deep. It was so much fun that I called my wife on the cell phone from about mid-river and let her listen to me splashing about. It wouldn't be wise to do this when the river is in flood stage.
Come in June and attend Nebaska Land Days.A Parade and even a Rodeo. Lots of fun events and things to see and do.Shoot outs and a Danceing Reveue show.Also Rodeo Queens and lots of horses.
Fondest memory: Lots of careing people and good food and good water.Lots of fishing!!!