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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Where is Buffalo Bill Cody Really Buried?

Recently we wrote about Buffalo Bill and the town he founded. While thousands of people visit William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's gravesite on Lookout Mountain just outside Denver each year, many residents of Cody, Wyoming, believe Cody is actually buried on Cedar Mountain overlooking their town. The legend behind this belief is one involving a bold plan, a middle-of the-night trip to a Denver mortuary and an unlucky ranch hand bearing a likeness to Buffalo Bill.

A dashing young Buffalo Bill Cody looked a lot like sketches of William Shakespeare.

While visiting relatives in Denver in the spring of 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody died. Soon after, his wife Louisa arrived to claim his body and settle his affairs. While in Denver, Louisa was approached by representatives from the Denver Post newspaper and the city of Denver who offered her $10,000 each to bury Cody in the area where they felt his grave would be a tourist attraction.

Although Bill Cody was at one time regarded as the best-known person in the world and his Wild West Show incredibly popular and profitable, he was also prone to bad investments and was extremely generous. As a result, he and his wife were broke when he died, and Louisa accepted the offer.

When Louisa returned to Wyoming and the town of Cody, its residents turned out to greet her with the expectation that she was bringing the town's founder home to be buried. The townsfolk were shocked and more than a little upset when Louisa informed them that she had sold Cody's body and that he was to be buried in Denver.


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