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Buffalo Bill State Historical Park


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Buffalo Bill State Historical Park North Platte was home of the man who made the Wild West world-renowned. No one figure personifies the frontier spirit better than William F. "Buffalo Bill" Coy, the West's most colorful showman, army scout and buffalo hunter.


The legacy of the life and times of the man who personified the frontier spirit lives on at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Cody's elegant Victorian house, built in 1886, and huge barn sit on 25 acres of what was originally a 4,000-acre spread that Cody called Scout's Rest Ranch.


The three-story house has been restored to appear much as it did when Cody occupied it. Mementos of Cody's career as an army scout, Indian fighter, buffalo hunter and Wild West promoter are displayed in his luxurious 18-room mansion which has been preserved to the finest detail. Also exhibited are dime novels and comic books featuring Buffalo Bill as well as artifacts of Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, who toured one season with the Wild West Show.


The house and barn were built in 1887. The barn now features Wild West Show memorabilia, original posters, and a movie made of film clips taken at the time the show was touring throughout the United States and Europe.


The house, barn, and original outbuildings are now being preserved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as a state historical park. As additional materials and information become available, interpretative displays and exhibits will be altered to reflect the fascinating story of America's most famous showman-scout.


Admission: State Park Permit ($2.50 daily permits available at House and Barn)
Phone: (308) 535-8035
Seasonal Hours of Operation:
April 1 - Memorial Day
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Every Day, 10am - 8pm
Labor Day - October 31
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm

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Wild West Memorial

At the entrance of Cody Park, visitors will find the Wild West Memorial. This is near the site of the historic Old Glory Blowout, the first spectator rodeo held in 1882 staged by Buffalo Bill. The Wild West Memorial has been created as a tribute to the father of rodeo - Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Dancing Leaf

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Fort Cody Trading Post

Since 1963, Fort Cody Trading Post has been a landmark on the Nebraska Plains. Not only does the Fort have great shopping, but has recently finished a total renovation of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Minature for your enjoyment! Over 20,000

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Hotel Yancy
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel is named for William L. Yancey, who became its proprietor after signing a lease with Keith Neville and Alex Beck in 1928. Construction began in March 1929

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