Buffalo Bill Cody Visited the Pioneer Home !


Buffalo Bill Cody Comes To Prescott
To Invest and Reminisce 
(Weekly journal-miner, December 6, 1911)


 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries William "Buffalo Bill" Cody was a superstar recognized by nearly everyone. So when the people of Prescott noticed him walking their streets, they were both surprised and excited.

However, Buffalo Bill did not come with his "Wild West Show." Instead he came with his mining engineer and they meant business.

"Prescott had the honor (November 30th) of entertaining...one of the most famous of western pioneers, in Col. WF Cody, familiarly known throughout the nation as Buffalo Bill," the newspaper reported.

Although he has been many years on the frontier and is probably better known than any other pathfinder and Indian fighter, this was his first visit to Prescott.

Buffalo Bill thoroughly enjoyed the area and his visit. He was thrilled "in great measure (to find) many old timers...whom he knew in the days of long ago." Indeed he spent the lion's share of his visit to this city at the Pioneers' Home which opened only 10 months earlier.

When he entered the Pioneers' Home and was greeted by Mr. Chapman, one of his scouts in field operations against the Sioux Indians on the plains of the north, there was an immediate revival of these strenuous days fraught with bitter experiences.

He was very favorably impressed with the Home, which he stated was 'swarming' with pioneers he knew either personally or by reputation and he strongly commended the establishing of the institution.
 
Although Buffalo Bill's visit was short, he can be placed on the long list of those who visited Prescott and loved it. Before leaving, he told the newspaper that his first visit to Prescott was "one of the happiest experiences in many years in his travels over the country."

 

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