07 Sep Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture
Logan County, Kansas, is very proud of its connection with William F. Cody, “Buffalo Bill,” one of the most famous people of all time. Cody got his legendary title as “Buffalo Bill” in Logan County.
To celebrate this heritage and educate the public the county has erected a very impressive twice life-sized bronze sculpture of “Buffalo Bill,” by Charlie, Norton, near the junction of U.S. 40 W. and U.S. 83 N. In the sculpture Buffalo Bill is mounted on his favorite buffalo running horse “Brigham” in pursuit of a running buffalo, and memorializes an event that took place here in 1868.
Cody made his living as a contract buffalo hunter, feeding the crews laying railroad track across Kansas for the Kansas Pacific Railroad. At the same time William Comstock, who was also called “Buffalo Bill” by the soldiers at nearby Fort Wallace, made his living feeding the soldiers at the Fort.
To determine the real “Buffalo Bill” a contest was staged west of Oakley, in Logan County. Buffalo Bill Cody won 69 to 46 and thus on that spring day in 1868 a legend was born! Over the next few decades “Buffalo Bill” Cody became the most famous person on earth of his time and shaped the world’s image of the America’s Wild West.