Almost every French person I have ever asked says that they know who Buffalo Bill is. There seems to have been a real love of the whole cowboy and Indian story in France. In fact, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was wildly popular in France. The show appeared for seven months at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. A grandstand, campground and even an electric plant were built to support the show for its extended stay. Following Paris, the Wild West played other French cities including Lyon and Marseilles, and then set sail for Barcelona and several Italian cities.
My husband is fascinated that I have Cherokee heritage but I’ve told him that just about every person in the States has some Indian blood. He made the whole story of the West famous and cowboys, who were once looked down upon, heros. Two famous people in his shows were Wild Bill Hicock and Annie Oakley. When we were recently in the States to see the new grandson, we also made a quick trip to Colorado, did a little skiing and made a stop at his grave.
The sign leading to Buffalo Bill’s grave. It is high up on Lookout Mountain. The government at the time said that he requested to be buried here when he died in Colorado (so did his wife) and buried him here with tons of cement on top so he couldn’t be exhumed and buried in Cody, Wyoming where he was born.
The altitude there. Maurice and I were breathless from the climb to say the least.
There was a museum there and a shop selling not only buffalo burgers but all sorts of cowboy and Indian things to buy.
His grave. His wife is also buried here.