February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917
Buffalo Bill was an American scout, hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa). Buffalo Bill lived for several years in his father’s hometown of Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada – before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
While still a young child of only 11 years of age, Buffalo Bill left home to herd cattle and work on a wagon train. He crossed the Great Plains several times and then went on to fur trapping and gold mining. In 1860, at the age of 14, Cody joined the Pony Express and later, after the American Civil War, Buffalo Bill scouted for the U.S. Army. His life was popularized in newspapers and dime novels across the United States and throughout the world.
At the age of 26, on December 17, 1872, Buffalo Bill Cody entered the world of show business by starring in a Chicago play called Scouts of the Prairie. Cody went on to found his own acting troupe called the Buffalo Bill Combination and later Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows.
Buffalo Bill became ill and passed away while visiting the home of his sister in Denver, Colorado on January 10, 1917. His wife, Louisa, chose a grave location on Lookout Mountain overlooking the plains of Denver, Colorado. Louisa and several close family friends stated this was the location Buffalo Bill himself had chosen for his burial grounds, so he could look out over the mountain and plains where he had spent the happiest days of his life.
Buffalo Bill Cody Grave Location:
987 Lookout Mountain Road
Golden, CO 80401
WILLIAM FREDERICK CODY
1846 – 1917
LOUISA MAUD CODY
1844 – 1921
AT REST HERE BY HIS REQUEST
WILLIAM F CODY
MEDAL OF HONOR
INDIAN SCOUT 3 US CAV
FEB 26 1846 – JAN 10 1917