Buffalo Bill Statue - Cody, WY
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N 44° 31.564 W 109° 04.501
12T E 652963 N 4932106
Quick Description: Off the western end of Sheridan Avenue, at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum, stands this monumental statue of the man for whom the city was named.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 6/29/2017 5:50:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMW24Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
Sculpted in 1924 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the daughter of one Cornelius Vanderbilt and the granddaughter of another Cornelius (the Commodore) Vanderbilt, this grand sculpture stands atop a miniature replica of a nearby mountain, Cedar Mountain. The circumference of the replica mountain is about 270 feet. Cedar Mountain was the area chosen by Cody to be his burial spot - a choice denied by those who buried him.

Fourteen feet from hoof to rifle tip, the statue was cast in bronze and placed atop the 20-21 foot high mini-mountain, giving it a total height of about 35 feet above street level. The statue depicts Buffalo Bill atop his mount as an army scout who suddenly spies sign of his prey, leans down to look closer while reining in his steed and holding up his rifle to signal the rest of the column.

Following is a bit of the story of the statue, from the NRHP Nomination Form.

This bronze equestrian statue is of moderately heroic proportions. The sculptress conceived her subject as an Indian Wars army scout riding in lead of a swiftly moving cavalry column: suddenly the scout spies a tell-tale sign and checks his mount to a haunch settling, hoof scraping halt; simultaneously he bends in his saddle, the better to observe ground markings, while throwing up his right arm, the hand clutching a Winchester carbine as a signal for the column to draw rein. The statue measures about 14 feet from planted horse's hooves to muzzle tip of the upflung Winchester.

Thus the statue, reaching almost 35 feet above street level, massive and the personification of forceful action, creates a striking effect.

The history of the creation of this statue-memorial commenced one day during the early 1920's when Mrs. Mary Jester Alien, a niece of Buffalo Bill then living in New York City, called at the town house of Mrs. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Mrs. Alien had recently helped other interested relations organize the Cody Family, Incorporated, and she had been selected chairman of that corporation's National Museum Committee. Now she called on Mrs. Whitney to present the proposition that Mrs. Whitney should sculpt a statue of Buffalo Bill.

The conditions explained by Mrs. Allen were that the Cody Family was promoting the establishment of a National Memorial to their famous kinsman but that the Family was more interested that such a memorial should be raised than it was in where it should be raised. In fact, the Family still deliberated among four possible choices of sites, in as many different states, for location of the proposed memorial. These four possibilities were: in Iowa, where Cody had been born; in Kansas, where he had won the sobriquet Buffalo Bill; in Nebraska where he had established his "Scout's Rest" Ranch; and in Wyoming where he had finally chosen to make his home.
From the NRHP Nomination Form

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Buffalo Bill Statue

Street address:
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY United States

County / Borough / Parish: Park County

Year listed: 1974

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Art

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Recreation And Culture

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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