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Name Cody, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill"
Othernames Buffalo Bill
Born Feb 26, 1846
Birthplace LeClaire, Iowa
Places of residence Leavenworth, KS
Notes William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born in LeClaire, Iowa in 1846. While he was still a child, his family moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. Cody left home at the young age of eleven to herd cattle and work as a driver on a wagon train, crossing the Great Plains several times. He went on to fur trapping and gold mining, then joined the Pony Express in 1860. After the Civil War, Cody scouted for the Army and gained the nickname "Buffalo Bill" as a hunter. Cody’s life in the West offered the stuff from which legends were made and he soon was popularized in newspaper accounts and dime novels.

Buried on Lookout Mountain, Denver Mountain Parks, Golden, Colorado
Occupation Pony Express rider
Role Military
Spouse Louisa

Associated Records

Image of 0264 - Painting

0264 - Painting

Oil on panel painitng of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody in a gold colored carved wood frame. Cody is depicted with long grey hair, moustache, and goatee, wearing a grey cowboy hat.

Image of 0297 - Painting

0297 - Painting

Framed oil painting on artist's board of Buffalo Bill Cody on horseback overlooking the plains and a herd of buffalo. Bottom right signed L. Reece. Wood frame is carved with western images that include saddles, guns, deer, bison, elk, Indian, wagons, the Pony Express, ox plows, cowboys, and tipis.

Image of 1374 - Postcard

1374 - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard of Buffalo Bill's casket on stand with people standing round on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. Back of postcard is unused.

Image of 1374.a - Postcard

1374.a - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard of Buffalo Bill's gravesite on Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO. taken after the burial. Men are visible standing near the grave. Back of postcard is unused.

Image of 1374.b - Postcard

1374.b - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard of men in masonic aprons lowering Buffalo Bill's casket into a grave on Lookout Mountain. An American flag is draped over the top of the casket that is partially in the ground. Back of postcard is unused.

Image of 1374.c - Postcard

1374.c - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard of men in masonic aprons preparing to lower Buffalo Bill's casket into a grave on Lookout Mountain. A bouqet of flowers rests on top of the casket. Back of postcard is unused.

Image of 1374.d - Postcard

1374.d - Postcard

Black and white photo postcard of Buffalo Bill's casket before burial, the casket lid is open. An American flag with flowers are draped over the closed lid of the casket. Several people are standing around the casket, one man is standing to the right of the casket holding an umbrella. Back of postcard is unused.

Image of 2009.010.006 - Poster

2009.010.006 - Poster

Double-sided poster advertising the 55th Annual Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, CO, July 21-25, 2010.

Image of 2009.010.001 - Poster

2009.010.001 - Poster

Poster advertising Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, CO, July 11-15, 1984. Celebrating Golden's 125th Anniversary.

Image of 2009.010.002 - Poster

2009.010.002 - Poster

Poster advertising Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, CO, July 19-21, 1985.

Image of 2009.010.003 - Poster

2009.010.003 - Poster

Poster advertising Buffalo Bill's Arts & Crafts Bazaar in Golden, CO, July 20-21, 1985. A feature of GOlden's Buffalo Bill Days.

Image of 2009.010.004 - Poster

2009.010.004 - Poster

Poster advertising Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, CO, July 13-17, 1983.

Image of 2009.010.005 - Poster

2009.010.005 - Poster

Poster advertising Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, CO, July 14-18, 1982.

Image of 2012.082.005 - Postcard, Picture

2012.082.005 - Postcard, Picture

Color postcard of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden, CO. Circular inset in upper right corner show portrait of Buffalo Bill wearing a large brimmed hat. Title across top reads, "15666. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Lookout Mt., Colo." Postcard is unused.

Image of 2016.020.001 - Postcard

2016.020.001 - Postcard

One color postcard of three women standing or sitting on Wild Cat Point which is located on Lookout Mountain near Golden, Colorado. Downtown Golden can be seen at the base of North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain. Written on the back: Golden from Wild Cat Point. Colonial Cody refers to the gateway between the table mountains shown in the picture in his autobiography. In 1859 he caught the gold fever, came to Auraria, (afterwards Denver), passed through the Golden gate to Blackhawk. His reference is, "On arriving at Auraria we pushed on to the gold streams on the mountains, passing up through the golden Gate and over Guy Hill, thence on to Blackhawk." P. 61

Image of 2017.008.059 - Postcard, Picture

2017.008.059 - Postcard, Picture

Postcard: unused picture postcard with a photo of members of Golden City Lodge Number 1 lowering the coffin of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody into the ground. Buffalo Bill was laid to rest in a full Masonic burial service on the summit of Lookout Mountain on June 3, 1917.

Image of 2017.008.060 - Postcard, Picture

2017.008.060 - Postcard, Picture

Postcard: unused picture postcard with a photo of the gravesite of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. To left of image is a seated man and behind him is a police officer. At right in background two men are standing. On back of postcard is handwritten, "Buffalo Bill / June - 17/" and "Goetze." Buffalo Bill was laid to rest in a full Masonic burial service on the summit of Lookout Mountain on June 3, 1917.

Image of 2017.008.061 - Postcard, Picture

2017.008.061 - Postcard, Picture

Postcard: unused picture postcard with a photo of the coffin of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody flanked by two police officers and a man holding a black umbrella. Top half of coffin is open. A large crowd stands in background. Buffalo Bill was laid to rest in a full Masonic burial service on the summit of Lookout Mountain on June 3, 1917.

Image of 2017.008.062 - Postcard, Picture

2017.008.062 - Postcard, Picture

Postcard: unused picture postcard with a photo of the coffin of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody flanked by two police officers and a man holding a black umbrella. Top half of coffin is open. A large crowd stands in background. Buffalo Bill was laid to rest in a full Masonic burial service on the summit of Lookout Mountain on June 3, 1917.

Image of 2017.008.063 - Postcard, Picture

2017.008.063 - Postcard, Picture

Postcard: unused picture postcard with a photo of members of Golden City Lodge Number 1 lowering the coffin of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody into the ground. On back of postcard is handwritten "Goetze" and "Buffalo Bill." Buffalo Bill was laid to rest in a full Masonic burial service on the summit of Lookout Mountain on June 3, 1917.