Buffalo Bill Center of the West 4

For previous posts sharing my visit to this fantastic museum complex, click here:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Introduction

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 3

Continuing on:

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

The photo of a sign came out blurry and difficult to read, but I thought it might be fun to see another side of Buffalo Bill Cody, so I am going to type out what the sign says:

“When Leonard Cody Bell was nine years old, Buffalo Bill offered him $10,000 if he would keep his hair long until he was eighteen.  The son of Buffalo Bill’s friend William A. Bell, young “Cody”, as he was known to his friends, did him one better: he didn’t cut his hair at all.  By the time Cody Bell was a teenager, his hair was 58 inches long.

At 17, Leonard Cody Bell realized his lifelong ambition, playing cornet in the Buffalo Bill wild West Band.  Did young Cody Bell have musical chops, or did Buffalo Bill just want to make sure he didn’t cut his hair?  We don’t know, but the military school Bell attended allowed him to keep his hair long, once they realized who had made the request.  Cody Bell merely wound his hair into curls and stuck it all under his hat.  Cody Bell finally cut his hair when he joined the army at the outset of World War I, where he served in France with a medical detachment and played in the army band.”

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The kitchen, where everyone gathers after a tough day at the ranch (also known as the chuck wagon):

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Because I like patchwork, as do many of the crowd that I hang with, I especially like this woman’s chaps:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

To be continued.

10 responses to “Buffalo Bill Center of the West 4

  1. Looks like you had a great getaway! So much history.

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  2. Hi Laura! Well, isn’t that fascinating. 58 inches long! And the Army didn’t make him cut his hair – would would have thought they would make an exception for one man. Thanks for sharing these photos – and I agree about the chaps. No need to wear boring stuff if you can make them unique and pretty. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Buffalo Bill must’ve been like the President, or a big Somebody, in his day…not even the army wanted to counteract his actions. Don’t mess with him! Ha, ha!

      I would grow my hair, too, if someone offered me 10,000 (which is worth less than it was then)! 🙂

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  3. What a great story! keep ’em coming Laura!

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