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Online Exhibits - Buffalo Bill: A Life in Photographs
William F. Cody, c. 1856, at the age of eleven he crossed the Great Plains for the first time as a relief driver on a wagon train.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1864, at the age of eighteen he enlisted in the Union Army near the end of the Civil War.
 
William F. Cody with Ned Buntline and Texas Jack Omohundro, c. 1873. Having earned the name of Buffalo Bill as a scout and buffalo hunter, Cody joined Omohundro and Buntline onstage in the melodrama “Scouts of the Prairie”. This was the beginning of Buffalo Bill’s show business career.
 
William F. Cody with Ned Buntline and Texas Jack Omohundro, c. 1873. Having earned the name of Buffalo Bill as a scout and buffalo hunter, Cody joined Omohundro and Buntline onstage in the melodrama “Scouts of the Prairie”. This was the beginning of Buffalo Bill’s show business career.
 
William F. Cody with Sitting Bull, c. 1885. After ten years performing on stage, Cody began Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a large outdoor exhibition, in 1883. Sitting Bull appeared in the Wild West for four months in 1885. This photograph was taken during the show’s appearance in Montreal.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1886. In 1886 the Wild West appeared for several months at Erastina on Staten Island. It was during this time that his publicity photograph was taken.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1886. Cody is flanked by Sioux Indians on his left and Pawnee Indians on his right, all members of his Wild West. This publicity photo was taken while the Wild West was appearing at Erastina on Staten Island.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1890. This photograph was taken while Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was in Europe. The Wild West did shows throughout Europe from 1887 to 1892.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1894. Following its successful run at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West spent the summer of 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. This photo was probably taken at that time. Buffalo Bill’s jacket and pants, in this photo, can be seen on exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1900. Mounted on Isham, one of his favorite horses, Buffalo Bill strikes a classic pose behind the scenes at the Wild West.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1901. Buffalo Bill relaxes outside his tent during an appearance of the Wild West at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1904. This photograph was probably taken in London during the Wild West’s return to Great Britain from 1902-1904. Buffalo Bill was rarely seen without a cowboy hat, even when the occasion demanded fancy dress.
 
William F. Cody and Pawnee Bill, c. 1908. In 1908 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West merged with Pawnee Bill’s Far East. This photograph was taken to promote that merger.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1914. In 1913 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West/Pawnee Bill’s Far East was sold at auction to pay debts. As part of the settlement, Buffalo Bill was forced to appear in the Sells Floto Circus. Here a 68 year old Cody watches the circus from the stands.
 
William F. Cody, c. 1917. Buffalo Bill at Glenwood Springs, where he had journeyed to take in the healing waters. There he was told by Doctor Crook that he had only a few days to live. He immediately went to his sister’s house in Denver, where he died eight days later on January 10, 1917.

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