Buffalo Bill’s grave site is at the top of Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado, about 30 minutes west on Interstate 70 from Denver exit 256. Buffalo Bill was as famous as they come, he was an icon. He was an American soldier, a buffalo hunter and a showman. Born William Frederick Cody on February 26, 1846, Buffalo Bill was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West and famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. Buffalo Bill also received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for his duty as an American soldier.
Buffalo Bill was definitely a superstar in his day; he traveled the world, not just the United States, but Europe as well. Buffalo Bill preformed his Wild West show make him famous all over the world. Did you know that Buffalo Bill was the first person to start the term “Native Americans”? He disliked the word “Indians”. Even though it was not popular at the time, Buffalo Bill insisted these people were the native inhabitants of the land and deserved fair treatment and equal rights.
The Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum:
The Museum was founded by Johnny Baker, Buffalo Bills foster son in 1917 shortly after Buffalo Bill’s death. Each year 500,000 people visit the grave (Buffalo Bill’s wife, Louisa Maud is buried there next to him) and another 65,000 people visit the museum.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed Christmas Day. Admission is $5 for Adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for child 6-15, 6 and under is free.
The museum is a treat well worth the visit. It celebrates many other stars of the time. Buffalo Bill Museum features Indian artifacts, firearms and intricate costumes Buffalo Bill wore during his Wild West shows. There is a letter at the museum that Billy the kid wrote to the Governor of New Mexico Lew Wallace in1881, asking to see him one more time. It was signed W.H. Bonney. There is also a target pistol presented by Annie Oakley to Billy the kid, rifle belonging to Jessie James, a hat and gambling box belonging to Wyatt Earp, a rifle belonging to Annie Oakley, a compass of Kit Carsons, Doc Holliday’s business card and a buckskin jacket that belonged to Calamity Jane. Every year there is something new added to the museum, so be sure to come back each year.
The Buffalo Bill gravesite is on a short path winding up from the museum. The grave is free to visit all year round.
Restaurant and Gift Shop
There is a restaurant and gift shop on site that is fantastic. The gift shop is amazing and has so much in it; you could spend hours looking at everything. The restaurant served buffalo burgers and makes their own homemade fudge and vegetable soup. They are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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