Who was Buffalo Bill?
Buffalo Bill was an American frontiersman whose real name was William Frederick Cody. He got his nickname because he was an expert marksman and supplied large quantities of buffalo meat to workers building a railroad in Kansas. Buffalo Bill rode a mule in a messenger service, made trips west with wagon trains and rode on a mail route for the famous pony express. He was active during the Civil War with an anti-slavery organization called Jayhawk.
Between 1868 and 1872 he worked as an army scout and served as a guide for buffalo hunters. Although he won the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry in 1872, Congress revoked the medal because he wasn't a member of the military at the time.
In 1883 Buffalo Bill started his famous Wild West show, which featured roundups, mock stage robberies and buffalo hunts. The performers included Annie Oakley, "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Texas Jack" Omohundro. One of the highlights of this show was a mock battle with Indians during which Buffalo Bill demonstrated his amazing shooting ability. He toured with the show throughout Europe and the United States for 20 years. Buffalo Bill died in 1917. His grave is located on Lookout Mountain near the town of Golden, Colorado.
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