Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on May 1st 1883, William F. Cody who was known as Buffalo Bill and had his first Wild West Show.
The first and prototypical Wild West show was Buffalo Bill’s, formed in 1883 and lasting until 1913.
The shows introduced many western performers and personalities, and a romanticized version of the American Old West, to a wide audience with many different members, Will Rogers also toured a Wild West show.
Buffalo Bill was born William Frederick Cody on February 26, 1846. He lived until January 10, 1917.
Cody grew up on the frontier and loved his way of life. As he got older, some of his titles he earned included buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout and guide, and showman, as well as Pony Express Rider, Indian fighter, and even author. Whatever Cody’s titles, he was destined for fame.
His track of fame began as with his reputation as a master buffalo hunter. While hunting buffalo for pay to feed railroad workers, he shot and killed 11 out of 12 buffalo, earning him his nickname and show name “Buffalo Bill.”
As an army scout, Cody extended his fame by gaining recognition as an army scout with a reputation for bravery.
Before long, Cody ended up starring as himself in Buntline’s play. Soon after, he started his own theatrical troop.
It wasn’t until 1883 when Cody first got his idea for a Wild West show. That same year, he launched Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska.
With his Wild West show in hand, nobody could deny Buffalo Bill’s fame. “At the turn of the twentieth century, William F. Cody was known as ‘the greatest showman on the face of the earth’” Cody had full domination of the Wild West show business.
As we celebrate how on May 1st 1883, William F. Cody who was known as Buffalo Bill and had his first Wild West Show.
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