Scout and Showman

What I find most fascinating about William F. Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, is how he bounced between authentic frontiersman and a showman with an exaggerated version of his own personal history.

Bill on horse

I tried to capture some of that contrast in the history column I wrote for The Daily Sentinel this week.

Here’s the link to the column:

Buffalo Bill 8-27-18

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On the road with Buffalo Bill

We just returned from two weeks of travel to Wisconsin, visiting family and seeing some sights.

And, while I wasn’t actually on the road with William Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, I did have this book with me to read.

It’s a fascinating, and sometimes highly speculative, look at one of the premier showmen and Western legends of the late 19th and early 20th century.

I’m using the book as part of my research for my next history column for The Daily Sentinel, about Buffalo Bill bringing his Wild West Show to Grand Junction in 1908. The column should run on Aug. 27.Buff Bill book