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Bust of William Cody in the Nebraska Hall of Fame

“Buffalo Bill”

William Cody (1846 – 1917), famously “Buffalo Bill,” was a man of many roles but was highly recognized for his Wild West Show established in Nebraska. Through his entertainment contribution he “popularized the cowboy as a romantic figure in American History.” 

He was also a soldier, buffalo hunter, Army scout, actor, and rancher. 

Cody was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1967-68. 



Other Resources:

William F. Cody – manuscript finding aid 

Historical Marker: “Scout’s Rest” 


“Nebraska’s Unique Contribution to the Entertainment World” 

“Cody vs Carver” 

“Cowboys and Art” 

“Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” 

“Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and the Grand Buffalo Hunt at Niagara Falls” 


Buffalo Bill in Nebraska Legislature

“Senator Cody” 

“Skirmish at Warbonnet Lake” 

     (A publication excerpt highlighting Cody’s participation in the Battle of Warbonnet Creek.)

Buffalo Bill in North Platte