Buffalo Bill Codys Wild West Show

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Stagecoach, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild West Show, Western Frontier

Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

    William F. Cody , better known as Buffalo Bill Cody, first went on the road in 1883 with Dr. William Carver and a Wild West Show

     It wasn't until Buffalo Bill Cody parted company with William Carver and joined up with Nate Salsbury that the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show became a reality

     In 1884, the outdoor Wild West Show  had authentic cowboys, Indians, buffaloes, horses, sharpshooters and melodramas.   For three hours, audiences would fall under the spell of the Wild West Show, cheering for the good guy and hissing at the man dressed in black 

     For the Americans, east of the Mississippi, this was even better then the dime western novel.    In 1885, the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show main attractions were Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley and ticket sales tallied a stunning made $100,000

     It was Mark Twain that encouraged the entourage to go to Europe and show them something truly American and so they did.  In 1887 the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show went to England for the Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee

     In all, some 18 buffaloes, 181 horses, 10 elk, 4 donkeys, 5 longhorn Texan steers, 2 deer and a Deadwood Concord stagecoach along with 97 Indians and the rest of the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show descended upon England

     The crowds were spell bound by the activities in the arena and thirty to forty thousand people came daily to the experience the American western frontier

     The Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show stayed till the following spring when it returned to the states in order to play at Staten Island during 1888

     In 1889, the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show once again crossed the Atlantic and invaded the continent of Europe.   For three years they traveled England, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany giving the Europeans a taste of the wild and romantic west

     At one point the troop of the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show was exposed to the influenza and later smallpox, and was quarantined by government officials.   In all, the ringmaster and ten Indians succumbed to the diseases  

     In 1893, the Wild West Show returned to the United States and stayed in Chicago for the Word's Colombian Exposition which drew over six million customers 

     These were the ultimate times for the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show.   Never again would the Wild West Show draw the people or money it did that year

     In 1902, the financial manager of the Show, Nate Salsbury who had been failing in health since 1894 died

     In 1902 Annie Oakley after failing to regain satisfactory health following the catastrophic train accident of 1901 did not return to the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show 

     1906 saw the final tour of Europe for the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show and by 1908 Buffalo Bill Cody had sold all stock interest in the Wild West Show

     The Wild West Show was now owned by Pawnee Bill.  Buffalo Bill Cody did his most glamorous farewell tour with Pawnee Bill in 1910

     With the death of Buffalo Bill Cody in 1916 and the oncoming World War I, the Wild West Show era was over.   A few small shows lingered without the flair or magnetism  the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show held for so long

      The Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show was such A Shining Aurora of Light  even now it is mirrored in bright vivid colorful memories that abound 

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