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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.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 3

For the first post sharing my visit to this fantastic museum complex, click here:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Introduction

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2

Continuing on:

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

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

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

That trough is a bathtub!

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Wild West Show logged a lot of miles!

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Ranch wagon use on several of Cody’s Wyoming properties:

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

To be continued.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2

For the first post sharing my visit to this fantastic museum complex click here:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Introduction

Continuing on:

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

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Fun trivia:

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

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Louisa’s sewing machine and sewing box:

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

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

To be continued.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Introduction

While on vacation, Hubby and I stayed a couple of days in Cody, Wyoming. Cody is located in the Bighorn Basin, an area rich in western history.

Cody was founded by Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was impressed by the many development possibilities and returned in the mid-1890s to start a town.  Cody was incorporated in 1901, and is located 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s East Entrance.

We spent an entire day at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of museums and a research library featuring art and artifacts of the American West.   The center includes the Draper Natural History Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum.  It is impossible to take it all in in a day, but we tried.

Taking photos is allowed.

So this unprofessional couple did.  Loads of them, with our little pocket cameras.  Some photos are blurry, and many have reflections in them, since items are displayed behind glass.  I’ll be sharing some of these photos with you in the next few blog posts.

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

Buffalo Bill was a Pony Express rider, a Civil War soldier, a civilian scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars, a Medal of Honor recipient, a buffalo hunter, a gunfighter, an entertainer (his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West company traveled the world), a businessman, rancher, and investor in coal, oil, newspaper publishing and irrigation.  I am sure I forgot to list something…let’s just say that this man had a life full of experiences!

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

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

To be continued.

Old Molson Ghost Town – Part Three

For Old Molson Ghost Town – Part One, click here.

Press?

Corn Planter

You will see this eagle on a piece of equipment in Friday’s blog post:

Machine Advertisement

Horse Drawn Farm Equipment

Tiller

Sometimes, okay…most of the time, I don’t know what I’m looking at.  Some things have a sign on them; most do not.  But I recognize the grass mower.  I used a similar one to mow my Papa’s grass.  I could say, “Oh my gosh!  I’m old enough to not only recognize a piece of equipment here, but to actually have used one!”

I prefer to say, “I’m so smart, I can correctly identify a piece of equipment here.”

Grass Mower

By the way, clicking on any photo will show an enlarged photo, and my attempts at identifying what we are looking at.