Buffalo Bill Museum And Grave, located in Golden, Colorado, pays homage to one of the Wild West’s most beloved characters, William F. Cody, better known as “Buffalo Bill.”
Recognized for his hunting abilities, Buffalo Bill made his name crossing the Great Plains and scouting for the Army after the Civil War. In 1872, Buffalo Bill became a showman, portraying himself in a variety of plays that eventually led to the creation of the “Wild West” show in 1882. The Wild West shows continued for years and were a mix of education and entertainment that featured live elk, cattle, and buffalo, as well as casts of hundreds demonstrating roping and bronco riding. At the height of his popularity, Buffalo Bill was even invited to England, to entertain Queen Victoria in 1887.
Buffalo Bill died in Denver in 1917, and was buried on Lookout Mountain, on land that is now part of the Denver Mountain Parks system, and the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum was opened in 1921. The gravesite offers a spectacular view of the Denver metro area, the surrounding foothills and mountains, and the faraway plains.
Fun Facts About Buffalo Bill Museum And Grave:
- More than 400,000 people visit Buffalo Bill’s grave each year, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Colorado.
- The US Army awarded Buffalo Bill the Medal of Honor in 1872, for his service as a scout.
- Buffalo Bill performed his Wild West shows in more than 1,400 communities across America and Europe.
Location of Buffalo Bill Museum And Grave:
Buffalo Bill Museum And Grave is located at 987 ½ Lookout Mountain, in Golden, Colorado, near I-70 and the Genesee exit.