The funeral of one of the most colorful figures of the Old West was held in Denver 100 years ago. Controversy continues about his burial on Lookout Mountain.
Foothills Genealogical Society will meet Wednesday, May 10, for a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a presentation at 1:00 p.m. on 'Buffalo Bill: A Life in the West" by Steve Friesen. Guests are welcome and there is ample parking and handicap access at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden. Bring a family-sized dish (with a label if it contains nuts or fish). Plates, flatware, rolls and coffee will be provided.
William F. Cody earned the nickname “Buffalo Bill” because of his skill as a buffalo hunter. Born in 1846, he also was a Civil War veteran, a Pony Express rider, and a civilian scout for the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars, winning the Medal of Honor in 1872. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, he founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in 1883 and toured the U.S., Great Britain and Europe.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s death. His funeral was held in Denver and he was buried on Lookout Mountain. Historian Steve Friesen will present an overview of Buffalo Bill’s life and his impact on American history as well as the ongoing controversy surrounding his burial. Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave since 1995, also will present numerous historic images of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West.
Foothills Genealogical Society supports genealogical research with educational programs, classes and field trips and preserves and publishes historical records from Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties. For more information, visit http://www.foothillsgenealogy.org or write P.O. Box 150382, Lakewood CO 80215-0372.