Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte

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Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, known as Scout's Rest Ranch, is a living history state park located west of North Platte, Nebraska. The ranch was established in 1878 with an initial purchase of 160 acres south of the Union Pacific tracks by William (Buffalo Bill) Cody. The 4,000 acre ranch was sold in 1911 and has been under the management of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission since 1964. The 25 acre historic state park, deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is open weekdays from April to October. The house and outbuildings can be toured, including a museum documenting Cody’s life from a Pony Express rider to his Wild West shows.Founding of the Cody-North RanchIn 1877 Cody contacted Major Frank North, the leader of the Pawnee Scouts, who was living in Sidney, Nebraska. Cody founded the Cody-North Partnership with the North brothers to form a cattle business. North found land along the Dismal River, 65 miles north of North Platte, on which cattle could graze and a ranch could be built. Cody continued touring his “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” show while North purchased cattle at the north end of the Texas cattle trail, near Ogallala, Nebraska. North hired cowboys to help operate the ranch while Cody was on tour.
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  • it was closed for season, but still open for walking around. nice place. i'd love to return to see in the house and barn!  more »
  • The home is very authentic and staffed by some very friendly guides. The barn is huge and displays some authentic posters. The grounds are landscaped nicely and are very pleasant to walk around in.  more »
  • Lovely visit at the ranch home of the famous cowboy during the time of the Wild West Show and that represents a piece of American history. Very beautiful period furniture and interesting also the many relics scattered throughout the House, which belonged to the family. In the stables, in addition to various models of stagecoaches and Equestrian equipment you can also admire beautiful vintage photographs. If you go to North Platte definitely a must.
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  • This was Buffalo Bill's retreat from touring in his Wild West Show. The property contains his home, barn, and a small log cabin from days gone by. The Victorian-styled home is well kept and each room contains a lot of historical items from Buffalo Bill, his family and friends. Lots to see and learn here. The barn is HUGE and also contains memorabilia from the Buffalo Bill days. Other than that, there really wasn't much else to see here.
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