Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte

State Park · Historic Site
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.
In 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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  • Walking through the mansion of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody is a great piece of American wild west history. The mansion itself is decorated with many items from the life and times of Buffalo Bill...  more »
  • I was excited to visit Scout’s Rest but was a little disappointed in a few things. As I travel the country my wife and I love historical locations and I was hoping for more, I guess. Let’s start...  more »
  • We visited in August 2020 on our way back home after visiting national parks. We had already planned on coming since it was on the way, but didn't have high expectations. This place is fantastic...  more »
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  • Was very informative and interesting. Well worth the stop. Can't wait to go back. A few hours is not long enough
  • Please update your site with the correct hours for touring the house. We drive 100 miles, trying to time a visit there because it said it opened at 8am, but we had to wait until 10am to tour the house. It added 2 more hours to our very long trip to Denver.
  • It was beautiful and big. I loved the architecture and the barn was great. There are some amazingly huge trees too.
  • It was worth the stop! It’s a beautiful piece of history! I just love the huge horse barn! We enjoyed it!
  • It was great if you like the West and it's history, which my husband loves to see & do. Collects books of western history. Go see it!!

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